JOF sees HM to meet Khaleda

Postpones rally in capital

Staff Correspondent | Published: 20:26, Oct 21,2019 | Updated: 23:53, Oct 21,2019


Jatiya Oikya Front leaders on Monday met home minister Asaduzzaman Khan at the ministry and sought permission to meet jailed Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.

After meeting the home minister, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-JSD president and front leader ASM Abdur Rob told reporters that the home minister told them that they had no objection about meeting anyone with the ailing former prime minister Khaleda Zia and he would talk to the inspector general for prisons in this regards.

‘We thanked the home minister as he allowed us to meet Khaleda Zia,’ Rob, who led the JOF team in the meeting with home minister, said.

‘The minister told us that they would be able to meet Khaleda after getting permission from the IG prisons. The IG, as per jail code, would inform us about the time of meeting. We can meet her either separately or together,’ he said.

On October 16, JOF in a steering committee meeting decided to meet Khaleda to know her health condition at BSMMU.

Khaleda is in jail since February 8, 2018 after she was sentenced in a graft case which BNP termed false and fabricated.

She was taken to BSMMU on April 1 and undergoing treatment there since then.

Meanwhile, Jatiya Oikya Front on Monday said they had postponed their pre-scheduled rally for today commemorating Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology student Abrar Fahad who was beaten to death by Chhatra League activists on October 7 reportedly for criticising the deals with India during the prime minister’s four-day India visit ending on October 6.

The decision was made in a meeting of the front’s steering committee at Gono Forum president Kamal Hossain’s residence on Bailey road in Dhaka as the government did not approve of the rally, said a press release issued by the front’s office chief Jahangir Alam Mintu.

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