The BNP chief waited until her family members brought food to eat her first meal of the day
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia spent nearly two hours with her family members and ate home-made food on Saturday the Eid day.
Though her party leaders were barred from meeting her, 20 family members, relatives and close associates of the BNP chief were allowed to enter the old Dhaka Central Jail, where she is currently imprisoned, with food, new clothes and flowers around 2:15pm.
Khaleda's brother Shamim Iskandar, sisters-in-law Kaniz Fatema and Nasrin Iskandar, nephews Shams Iskandar, Shafin Iskandar, Ovik Iskandar, Erick Iskandar, Sajid Islam, Mehrab and Al Mamun, nieces Orin Iskandar, Ananya Iskandar and Shafia Islam, Tarique Rahman's sister-in-law Sahina Zaman Bindu, her husband Shafiuzzaman, Khaleda's personal secretary Abdus Sattar and one of her personal drivers were among the visitors.
They left the prison around 4:40pm.
Jail sources said Khaleda usually eats her lunch by 1:30pm, but on Eid day she waited for her relatives to bring home-made food for her.
The BNP chief's near and dear ones greeted her with a bouquet of flowers.
Requesting anonymity, one of Khaleda's visitors said the family members got emotional as they met her in jail.
However, Khaleda remained stoic and asked them to have patience and pray for her.
The BNP chief played with the children and inquired about the well-being of all the visitors.
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Earlier in the morning, the jail authority offered Khaleda some vermicelli, jarda and some other Eid delicacies in the morning, but she did not eat them, sources said.
The BNP chief took her first meal of the day with her visitors.
A large number of law enforcement members were deployed in and around the jail since Eid morning as BNP leaders earlier announced they would visit Khaleda.
Senior BNP leaders, including standing committee members and vice chairmen along with several hundred leaders and activists, headed for the jail gate around 12:15pm, but police obstructed them nearly half a kilometre away from the jail gate as they had no permission from the jail authority to meet Khaleda.
Talking to reporters later, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said they sought permission from the authority concerned three days before. “As per the rules, prisoners can have visitors on Eid day, but police are not allowing us to meet our beloved leader. It is very painful,” he said.
On February 8, Khaleda Zia was sent to jail after a special court sentenced her to five years' rigorous imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Khaleda is staying in jail with her domestic help Fatema Begum.
The BNP chief earlier celebrated Eid twice in jail after her arrest by the army-backed caretaker government after the 1/11 political changeover in 2007.