BNP defers rally to Nov 13 at Suhrawardy Udyan

Staff Correspondent | Published: 13:19, Nov 08,2016 | Updated: 14:08, Nov 08,2016

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir

Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaks at party’s central office at Nayapaltan in the city on Tuesday. — Indrajit Ghosh

Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Tuesday deferred its today’s rally marking the national revolution and solidarity day to November 13 at the Suhrawardy Udyan as it did not get police permission.

Addressing press conference at party’s central office, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said they would continue to seek law enforcer’s permission for the rally and wait for it.

If the law enforcers denies permit to hold the rally once again then BNP would announce their next course of programme, he said.

Large contingents of police equipped with water cannon, prison van were deployed around the Nayapaltan BNP office area during the briefing, witnesses said.

The BNP was scheduled to observe the 41st anniversary of November 7 which was not allowed by the police.

Several leaders and activists of BNP were arrested in the past few days in the capital, which the BNP dubbed as police’s action to spread fear among party activists ahead of its rally was to be addressed by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.

Awami League, BNP and different political and socio-cultural organisations observes the November 7 uprising, in which Bangladesh Army soldiers and people overthrew the then government and freed the then army chief, Ziaur Rahman, who was held captive in Dhaka Cantonment from November 3 to 7 in 1975.

BNP celebrates the day as ‘national revolution and solidarity day’ while the ruling Awami League observes it as ‘the day of killing of soldiers and freedom fighters’.


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