The police allegedly cordoned off the house-cum-clinic of Ershad-led Jatiya Party leader A Kader Khan at Rahman Nagar in Bogra Thursday night.
Nasima Begum, wife of Kader, former lawmaker from Gaibandha-1 parliamentary constituency, alleged that they had been cordoned off inside the house-cum-clinic by plainclothes police since 10:00pm on Thursday.
‘The police officers have told us that they are for providing security to us,’ Nasima said Friday evening.
‘We don’t know why the police are cordoning our house off,’ she told New Age.
‘The clinic [Garib Shah Clinic] has virtually been shut down,’ said its manager Sumon.
He said that the police were not allowing the couple to communicate with anyone. ‘None is being allowed to enter the house,’ Sumon said.
He said that Kader and his wife entered their house at about 10:00pm on Thursday. After they entered the house, some uniformed and plainclothes police entered the house and talked to the couple. Since then police have been hindering to communicate with the couple, he said.
When approached, Bogra Detective Branch of police sub-inspector Barkat Ali said that it was now prohibited to enter the house and talk to them.
Bogra Detective Branch Inspector Amirul Islam said that he was not aware of why police took position at Kader’s house.
Bogra superintendent of police M Asaduzzaman said that the Bogra police were just assisting the Gaibandha police.
Gaibandha superintendent of police Ashraful Islam said that he could not talk about the matter at the moment.
Local people said Kader was a potential candidate for the by-election in Gaibandha-1 constituency, which fell vacant after the murder of ruling Awami League lawmaker Manjurul Islam.
Police were trying to bar Kader from submitting nomination paper for the by-election scheduled for March 22. The deadline for the submission of nomination paper would expire on Sunday.
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