Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Sunday submitted memorandums to deputy commissioners across the country for ‘immediate unconditional’ release of the jailed party chairperson Khaleda Zia.
In the memorandums offered on the second day of its three-day programmes, BNP also asked the government through the DCs to refrain from all ‘repressive’ activities on Khaleda.
The memorandums mentioned that Khaleda’s conviction in a ‘fabricated’ case based on ‘fake’ documents was ‘politically motivated’.
BNP is scheduled to hold protest rallies in metropolitan cities except Dhaka city and district headquarters across the country on Tuesday demanding ‘unconditional’ release of Khaleda.
BNP has also announced to hold rally either at Suhrawardy Udyan or in front of its Naya Paltan central office in Dhaka on February 22 and submitted applications to authorities concerned for permission.
In Dhaka, BNP Dhaka district, city north and south units separately submitted memos to Dhaka district deputy commissioner Mohammad Salah Uddin at his office in old part of Dhaka city around 11:00am.
Leaders and activists of BNP led by Dhaka district unit president Dewan Salauddin Babu submitted the memo to the deputy commissioner at about 11:00am while another group of leaders and activists of Dhaka city north and south units led by the party’s Dhaka division organising secretary Fazlul Hoque Milon submitted memos to the DC at about 11:15am.
After submitting the memorandums, leaders and activists brought out brief protest processions inside and outside of the DC office chanting slogans for release of Khaleda and against the prime minister.
Briefly addressing after submitting memorandums, Fazlul Hoque Milon said BNP would take part in the next general election after freeing Khaleda Zia from jail through constitutional movement.
He said the incumbent government has to face ‘mass verdict’ and ‘mass uprising’.
Additional police were deployed in the DC office.
Leaders and activists of BNP started to assemble near Victoria park in the old part of Dhaka city from 10:30am for the programme.
BNP also submitted memos to DCs including in Rajshahi, Chittagong, Khulna, Sylhet, Barisal, Rangpur, Mymensingh, Gazipur, Bogra, Munshiganj and Narayanganj districts, New Age correspondents reported.
Khaleda Zia has been in former Dhaka Central jail since February 8, when a special court sentenced her to five years jail in connection with the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Since then, BNP has been carrying out protest programmes demanding her release.
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