Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Sunday held countrywide demonstrations in demand of better treatment of the party’s jailed chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Police arrested several leaders and activists, including BNP national executive committee member Aminul Islam from a procession in Gaibandha, the party leaders said.
They said in Dhaka police foiled processions at Bhasantek and Cantonment police station areas.
BNP on Friday announced the ‘protest’ at district headquarters and metropolitan cities soon after Khaleda’s relatives, who met her at the erstwhile Dhaka Central Jail in the Old Town, made it public that she felt unconscious and retained
her consciousness after about five to six minutes on June 5.
BNP assistant office secretary Belal Ahmed said police halted protests in several placed and picked up BNP activists from Gaibandha, Feni and Noakhali.
However, protests were staged in Dhaka city’s Tejgaon, Mohammadpur, Mirpur, Pallabi, Badda, Rampura, Gulshan, Banani, Khilkhet and Uttara, confirmed a BNP press release.
BNP’s senior joint secretary Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a news briefing at the party’s central office in Dhaka urged the government to arrange Khaleda’s treatment at United Hospital instead of the government’s move to give her treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital.
He called on the party leaders and activists to remain alert about the government’s ‘conspiracy’ over Khaleda’s illness.
Rizvi said home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Saturday said that the jail authority was not aware that Khaleda fell unconscious.
He added that the home minister’s statement had cleared it that how much negligence was shown to Khaleda in jail.
The senior joint secretary general cautioned that the government would have bear responsibility if any major harm happened to Khaleda for not providing her treatment in a specialised hospital immediately.
He demanded of quickly admitting Khaleda to the United Hospital and releasing her from jail before upcoming Eid.
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