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19 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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KHALEDA IMPRISONMENT

BNP submits memo to DCs for Khaleda release

The BNP yesterday submitted copies of a memorandum to the deputy commissioners (DCs) across the country, protesting the jailing of its chairperson Khaleda Zia in what it described as a false case and demanding her immediate release. As part of its central programme, a BNP delegation submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner of Dhaka district, Mohammad Salahuddin. The party delegation, led by Khaleda’s adviser barrister Ziaur Rahman and BNP president of Dhaka district unit Dewan Mohammad Salahuddin along with hundreds of party leaders and activists of the Dhaka unit went to the DC office around 11.30am and submitted the memorandum.

DC of Dhaka district Md Salahuddin received the memorandum at his office in old Dhaka. BNP leaders and activists staged a demonstration in front of the DC office, and chanted various slogans, demanding Khaleda’s release. They also brought out a procession after coming out of the DC office by submitting the memorandum.

Earlier, they gathered in front of Victoria Park from 10:00am amidst the presence of a huge police force but there was no untoward incident. Party leaders and activists in different districts also submitted memorandums to the DCs of their districts, demanding the release of the former premier, who has been convicted for five years in a graft case.

BNP on Thursday announced a fresh round of peaceful countrywide protest programmes, including the collection of signatures from people on Saturday, submission of memorandums to all the deputy commissioners on Sunday and the staging of demonstrations in all the district towns and metropolitan cities, except Dhaka, on Tuesday. A special court convicted former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8. She was later sent to the old central jail on Nazimuddin Road in the city.

Earlier, as part of a political course of action, the BNP observed a token hunger strike on Wednesday and formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Monday and staged a sit-in programme in front of the party’s Naya Paltan central office on Tuesday.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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