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BNP’s countrywide Friday demonstrations seek Khaleda’s release

  • Published at 08:24 pm July 18th, 2018
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaking at a public gatheringTaken from the official Facebook page of BNP

On February 8, a special court convicted Khaleda and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment for the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will stage demonstrations across the country on Friday, demanding the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail, and better medical treatment for her.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the schedule of the program at a press conference on Wednesday, at the party’s Naya Paltan central office.

Mirza Fakhrul said the program is also to protest the government’s inhuman treatment of Khaleda Zia by keeping her in jail without medical treatment, reports UNB.

Fakhrul said the demonstration will take place at all district and upazila headquarters.

They will also stage a demonstration in front of their Naya Paltan central office around 3pm the same day.

“We hope the authorities concerned will take necessary steps in this regard and allow us to exercise our democratic rights,” said BNP leader.

He said:” Khaleda’s health condition is deteriorating gradually but the government is not allowing her to receive treatment at the hospital of her choice.”

“Our leader (Khaleda) has been suffering from fever for the last few days. Her relatives were not allowed to visit her on Saturday as well. Pain in her knees has also increased and we again call upon the government to release her and ensure better treatment,” Fakhrul further added.

He said the government wants to remove Khaleda Zia from politics with its ‘vindictive and barbaric’ attitude towards her. 

“A 73-year-old person has been deprived of treatment. Sheikh Hasina and her government will have to take responsibility if anything bad happens to her,” Fakhrul said.

On February 8, a special court convicted Khaleda and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment for the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

Fakhrul said, though the Prime Minister is unilaterally carrying out an election campaign, her government is not giving BNP any political space and is not allowing it to arrange political programs.

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