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BNP stages demo over Khaleda's release, vandalizes vehicles

  • Published at 03:04 pm November 26th, 2019

A group of BNP men gathered at the busy thoroughfare in front of the High Court, halting traffic movement

Vehicles have been vandalized as BNP leaders and activists staged a demonstration in Dhaka demanding release of the jailed party Chairperson, Khaleda Zia.

A group of BNP men, led by its Vice Chairman Abdullah Al Noman, gathered at the busy thoroughfare in front the High Court around 1pm on Tuesday, halting traffic movement.

Some two to three vehicles were vandalized sometime before 2pm when police chased and dispersed them.

BNP activists block road in front of the High Court on November 26, 2019 | Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka TribuneDhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Deputy Commissioner Sazzadur Rahman (Ramna zone) told journalists:"They [BNP men] blocked the busy road illegally and we asked them several times to leave the spot.

"At one stage, they pelted police with brickbats and vandalized vehicles.

"The traffic movement is normal now," he added.

BNP activists vandalize vehicles in front of the High Court on November 26, 2109 | Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka TribuneMeanwhile, pro-BNP lawyers, under the platform of Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum, brought out a procession demanding the release of the BNP chief on the High Court premises amid police cordon. 

Khaleda Zia has been in jail since she was convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on February 8, 2018. 

Later in the same year, she was also convicted in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case, though her party claims both cases were politically motivated.

The BNP chief has been receiving treatment at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) since April 1.