Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Saturday granted permission to Bangladesh Nationalist Party to hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka attaching a set of conditions.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told a news conference at the party headquarters in Dhaka on Saturday that DMP had allowed it to hold the rally on Sunday on 23 conditions.
According to the conditions, the organisers must end the rally by 5:00pm without blocking roads or interrupting traffic movement, will not make any ‘provocative remark’ or circulate ‘provocative leaflets’ at the rally, keep all the activities limited to the ground adjacent to the Institute of Engineers, must install CC cameras with better resolution in and outside of the venue at own cost but as per the direction of local administration, set up archways at each entrance and keep arrangement for checking rally going people by hand metal detector at own management, make parking arrangement for vehicles of rally-goers and use vehicle scanner or search mirrors.
The conditions also include that people must come at the venue two hours before the scheduled time at the public meeting.
The permission letter issued by deputy police commissioner (HQ and administration), M Ashrafuzzaman, on behalf of
DMP commissioner, also asked the organisers not to use sound system
and projectors outside the approved area, and not to join the rally with processions.
Fakhrul said BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was scheduled to give important message at the rally, organised to mark November 7 as the ‘national revolution and solidarity day.’
The rally would be started at 2:00pm, he added.
BNP was denied permission to hold a rally at the Suhrawardy Udyan last year.
Fakhrul said BNP believes in democracy and was willing to comply with the rule of law that were the cause behind seeking permission for the rally.
In reply to a question, he said the government had no alternative but to allow BNP to hold the rally as it had to restore democratic atmosphere and ensure a level playing field. Otherwise it (government) would be thrown into dustbin of history, he noted.
The secretary general came down hard on police for raiding, filing ‘fabricated’ cases and arresting the leaders and activists of the party in different areas, including Dhaka, ahead of the rally.
He sought cooperation of the government and police in accomplishing the rally peacefully and asked them to refrain from any provocation to obstruct the rally.
Fakhrul asked the party leaders and activists to hold patience in the face of all kinds of provocations to make a success of the rally.
He, however, thanked DMP for letting BNP hold a rally comparatively earlier than in the past.
BNP leaders including Mirza Abbas, Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, Abdullah Al Noman, Ahmed Azam Khan, Ataur Rahnan Dhali and Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, among others, were present.
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