Bangladesh Nationalist Party would not be given permission to hold its public meeting scheduled for Monday at Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka demanding release of party chairperson Khaleda Zia from prison, the police said.
‘The permission will not be given to them,’ Dhaka Metropolitan Police Ramna Division deputy commissioner Maruf Hossain Sardar told New Age on Saturday about BNP’s scheduled rally.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, however, said that they were waiting for permission from DMP for holding the public meeting as preparations were carried on.
‘BNP leaders and activists from districts adjacent to Dhaka are also taking preparations to join the meeting,’ he said.
Pointing that the ruling Awami League and other political parties had recently held public meetings at the same venue, BNP publicity secretary Shahiduddin Chowdhury Annie said that he was hoping that his party would get the permission.
Annie added that they would spell out the next course of action if denied of permission.
Earlier, BNP was denied police permission for holding a rally scheduled for February 22 at Suhrawardy Udyan.
The party announced black flag demonstrations in Dhaka city for February 24 for denial of police permission.
Police foiled the demonstrations in front of its central office at Naya Paltan through launching baton charges and using water cannon.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday at a news briefing said that Dhaka Metropolitan Police had told a delegation of the party that permission for the rally would depend on the intelligence report.
A special judge’s court in Dhaka on February 8 sentenced Khaleda to five years in prison in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case and following the sentencing, she was sent to erstwhile Dhaka Central Jail in Old Dhaka.