Published:  02:55 AM, 09 September 2019

Plot to send Khaleda back to jail, says Fakhrul

Plot to send Khaleda back to jail, says Fakhrul BNP leader Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaking at a program in the city on Sunday. -AA

The BNP has alleged that the government is making plot to send back Khaleda Zia to jail without completing her treatment. Party's Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came up with the allegation while addressing a media briefing in the city on Sunday.

Fakhrul said, "Khaleda Zia is not receiving proper medical care at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital (BSMMU), causing her condition to deteriorate."

Mirza Fakhrul announced several programs, including formation of human chain and rallies in divisional cities, to demand the release of Khaleda. "We are announcing centrally to hold a human-chain protest in Dhaka on Sept 11 and on Sept 12 across the country. Later, our associate organizations will continue to hold such programs," said Fakhrul.

"There'll be more programs on top of it. We'll continue with rallies in divisional cities. A rally is scheduled in Mymensingh on September 26 to call for the release of our leader followed by another in Rajshahi on September 29 and hopefully one in Sylhet on September 21. We'll have one in Rangpur too."

When asked about Khaleda's parole, Fakhrul said, "We don't have the authority to appeal for parole. Only the patient herself can do that, which she hasn't done till now. We're not sure if she will do so in future."

"Her health is deteriorating every day. Those of her relatives who visited say she needs the help of two people just to get out of bed. She needs a wheelchair to go to the washroom," the BNP secretary general said on Khaleda's health.
"She can't bend her legs and keep them straight while sitting on a chair. She can't sleep at night and has stiff shoulders and hands. Her disease is irremediable."

"That's why we've been repeatedly calling for her bail, which she deserves. Many people get bail in such cases. The government is denying her bail intentionally. She could have received treatment either at home or abroad as she preferred."

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