Published:  02:34 AM, 14 February 2018

'BNP to intensify movement for Khaldea's release'

'BNP to intensify movement for Khaldea's release' BNP staged a sit-in program in the city yesterday demanding release of party chief Khaleda Zia. -Jahidul Islam

BNP is going to intensify its ongoing movement for what the party said forcing the government to release its Chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said this while speaking at a sit-in program in front of BNP's Nayapaltan central office in the capital yesterday.

He said: "Our current movement is aimed at freeing our chairperson, and many people are now in jail for joining the movement to restore democracy. Let's intensify our movement in the days to come and make our program a success to have our chairperson freed." 

As part of the countrywide program, BNP arranged the sit-in peacefully for an hour from 11:00am protesting the jailing of its chairperson Khaleda Zia in a graft case.Fakhrul said the government thought it would be able to suppress the people of the country by sending Khaleda to jail. "But, the plan won't succeed as people will surely ensure the release of Khaleda Zia from jail."

The BNP leader blasted the government for what he said keeping Khaleda at a room of the abandoned Old Dhaka Central Jail. He said the government also kept the BNP chairperson in solitary confinement at the jail violating rules and the Constitution.

Several hundred leaders and its followers took position in front of its Nayapaltan office at 11:00am and observed the program amid presence of senior leaders.Police cordoned off the protesters to fend off any trouble.

On Saturday, Rizvi announced a three-day protest program at a press briefing at BNP's Nayapaltan central office.A special court in Dhaka convicted the BNP chief and sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on Thursday.

-AA Correspondent

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