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Manna likely to run for mayor

Update : 11 Mar 2015, 06:59 PM

Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, who faces a sedition charge, is likely to run for mayor in the Dhaka City Corporation (north) election.

SM Akram, adviser to Nagorik Oikya, said he hoped that Manna would run the race because he had received a lot of responses when he launched campaign earlier.

However, Manna’s wife Meher Nigar said: “I do not do politics and I do not understand politics. It is the affair of his [Manna] party colleagues. We are concerned only about his health.”

Asked whether Manna or his party leaders talked about his candidature in the DCC polls, Meher Nigar said neither Manna nor his colleagues talked to her about it.

Akram said rumour was rife that Manna had been arrested just to keep him at bay from the polls. But I am making sure that it would not be possible to keep him away from the polls putting him behind bars,” he told the Dhaka Tribune over phone last night.

Akram, who lost in Narayanganj 5 by-poll as an independent candidate, said he did not talk to Manna about the polls but there was no reason for boycotting the election.

“I did not talk to Manna but the party leaders and activists spoke to him on different occasions; Manna told them that he was mentally sound but did not say anything about election,” he said.

Dhaka University teacher Prof Asif Nazrul yesterday at a meeting organised by Nagorik Oikya at Jatiya Press Club in the city demanded Manna’s immediate release.

Akram also spoke at the discussion.

Asif Nazrul blamed a section of media for spreading propaganda against Manna in a plot to arrest him.

Meanwhile, Mahmudur Rahman Manna was finally admitted to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) based on the reports on his blood pressure and ECG.

Manna was admitted to the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) of the hospital around 2:30am yesterday under the supervision of Prof Dr Wadud.

A six-member special medical board was formed to look after his health condition.

Earlier, a team of Detective Branch (DB) of police took Manna to DMCH around 11:05pm on Tuesday after he had complained of chest pain.

On March 7, Manna was taken on a 10-day fresh remand in the sedition case filed against him and BNP leader Sadeque Hossain Khoka.

He was produced before the court on completion of his 10-day remand in another case filed for his alleged involvement in inciting the army to grab power.

Addressing Manna’s condition, Monirul Islam, Joint commissioner of DB police, yesterday said Manna is now undergoing treatment at CCU under supervision of a six-member medical board.

Manna will stay in the hospital for four to five days, he said quoting on-duty doctors.

When asked about the claims by Manna’s family members that Manna was subjected to torture during the remand Monirul denied the allegation.

“He had been suffering from high blood pressure before his arrest and Manna also mentioned it on the first day of his appearance before the court,” Monirul told reporters at the DMP media and community centre.

The DMCH medical board did not find any kind of injury marks on his body and even Manna himself did not say anything about torture, said Monirul.

Soon after his admission into the hospital, Manna’s wife Meher Nigar claimed that Manna had been psychically and mentally tortured resulting in his deteriorated health and admission into the hospital.

Earlier, Manna was arrested by Rapid Action Battalion on February 24 from in front of Star Kabab in the capital’s Dhanmondi. 

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