As the procession was moving towards Mirpur 11, police obstructed it and dispersed the BNP leaders and activists charging batons, leaving Rizvi and nine others injured
At least 10 leaders and activists of BNP, including its senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, have been injured as police baton charged on their procession in Dhaka's Mirpur area.
Some leaders and activists of the party and its associate bodies brought out a procession from the Kitchen Market area at Dhaka’s Mirpur 6 around 11am on Saturday demanding the release of Khaleda Zia, when police baton charged on their procession, reports UNB.
As the procession was moving towards Mirpur 11, police obstructed it and dispersed the BNP leaders and activists charging batons, leaving Rizvi and nine others injured.
Talking to reporters later, Rizvi said they brought out the procession in a peaceful manner demanding their chairperson’s release as she is very sick.
“It is not an anti-government procession, but police suddenly attacked and baton charged us to foil it. Many of our leaders and activists, including me, were injured,” he claimed.
However, Mostak Ahmed, deputy commissioner (Mirpur Division) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), said they did not attack the procession as BNP leaders and activists themselves left the spot seeing police.
On February 18, Khaleda filed a fresh petition with the High Court seeking bail in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case, citing illness.
A High Court bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice AKM Zahirul Huq is scheduled to hear the petition on February 23. Khaleda has been in prison since February 8, 2018, as she was convicted in graft cases.