JOF seeks permission to meet Khaleda

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:56, Nov 18,2019


Jatiya Oikya Front on Sunday submitted a letter to the prison authorities seeking permission to meet Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia at capital’s Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University where she undergoes treatment.

An assistant inspector general of prisons received the letter addressed to Inspector General of Prisons seeking the permission, the front’s office section chief Jahangir Alam Mintu said.

He said the letter mentioned five leaders — Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-JSD president Abdur Rob, vice-president Tania Rob, Nagarik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Gono Forum general secretary Reza Kibria and Ganashasthya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury  –  wanting to meet the jailed BNP chief.

The letter sought time on November 18 or November 19 for meeting Khaleda, he said.

Earlier on October 21, JOF leaders met home minister Asaduzzaman Khan at his office to seek permission to meet Khaleda Zia.

After meeting the home minister, JSD president ASM Abdur Rob told reporters the home minister told them that they had no objection about meeting anyone with Khaleda and he would talk to the inspector general for prisons in this regards.

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

Khaleda is in jail since February 8, 2018 when 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.

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