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‘Govt detained Khaleda with the motive of killing her in jail’

  • Published at 01:48 pm September 16th, 2019
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BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir addresses a human chain near National Press Club on Monday, September 16, 2019 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

He demanded Khaleda be freed from jail

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said the government detained party Chairperson Khaleda Zia with the motive of killing her in jail.

He made the statement while addressing a human chain on Monday.

He said: "If Khaleda Zia is released from jail, then she will unite the people, stage protests, and arrange movements for democracy. 

That is why the government is afraid free her, and has kept her detained over false allegations."

The senior BNP leader also demanded the party chief’s release.

The human chain, formed demanding Khaleda's release, was arranged by Jatiyatabadi Muktijoddha Projanmo Dal near the National Press Club. 

Several leaders from BNP and its associate organizations were present in the human chain.

Khaleda has been serving her sentence since February last year at the Old Dhaka Central Jail after being convicted in two corruption cases.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir addresses a human chain near National Press Club on Monday, September 16, 2019 | Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

On April 1 this year, Khaleda Zia was admitted to the BSMMU hospital as her health condition deteriorated while she was serving time in jail. A five-member medical board was formed to examine her condition.

Currently, the trial proceedings in 17 cases against Khaleda are being held at a makeshift court set up in the old jail.

Jahangirnagar corruption

Addressing the program, Fakhrul demanded termination of Jahangirnagar University Vice Chancellor Prof Farzana Islam due to the allegations of corruption.

On October 23, 2017, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved a Tk1,445cr development project for JU. In the first phase of implementation of the project, the university administration took the initiative to build five residential halls at the cost of Tk400cr. 

On May 1 this year, the project manager put forward a tender invitation, and on June 30, the VC inaugurated the construction work of the residential halls.

However, since the beginning, the project has been fraught with allegations of irregularities in the tender process, Chhatra League's intervention, an ill-planned master plan and needless cutting down of trees.

The VC, the Jahangirnagar Chhatra League, and the teachers supporting the VC had all been denying the allegations, and called the media reports "baseless."