Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Wednesday announced to hold a countrywide protest rally on September 8 for ‘unconstitutionally’ transferring a court inside jail for the trial of party’s jailed chairperson Khaleda Zia.
The party also announced to form countrywide human chain on September 10 and observe token hunger strike on September 12 for ‘unconditional’ release of Khaleda.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at two different news briefings in party’s central office announced the programmes.
He said that protest rally would be held at metropolitan cities, including Dhaka and district headquarters.
Rizvi said that one-hour human chain would be formed in metropolitan cities, including Dhaka city and district headquarters from 11: 00 am.
In Dhaka, the human chain would be held in front of National Press Club, Rizvi said.
The two-hour token hunger strike would be held from 10:00am in metropolitan cities and district headquarters across the country, the BNP leader said.
In Dhaka city, the party has applied for the two venues to hold the hunger strike, Rizvi said.
Khaleda was sentenced to five years in jail in a graft case by a special Dhaka judge’s court on February 8 and sent to old Dhaka central jail.
Rizvi said now only desire of people is release of imprisoned Khaleda.
He said now law enforcers launching drive across the country to arrest opposition leaders and activists including BNP, saying that police were filing cases in different thanas in advance accusing thousands unnamed people.
He said incidents of wholesale of filing cases and arrest were being taken place across the country.
Rizvi said cases are being filed against the party leaders, who are not in the country or staying in Makkah after performing Hajj.
Rizvi said so far about 500 leaders and activists were arrested across the country for last five to six days, saying that the government in an ‘unknown fear’ arresting opposition activists, including BNP ‘unjustly’.
He portrayed the picture of the arrest of BNP leaders and activists in ‘false’ cases across the country including Dhaka city, Narayanganj, Kushtia, Natore, Netrokona, Barishal, Narsinghdi,Sirajganj, Bogra and Khulna.
BNP leaders Abdus Salam, Syed Emran Saleh Prince, Abul Kalam Azad Siddique, Abdus Salam Azad and Munir Hossain were present at the briefings.
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