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8 January, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Khaleda ‘denied rights’ as kin not allowed to meet her

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

The BNP yesterday (Monday) accused the government of depriving the party’s jailed chairperson, Khaleda Zia, of her legitimate rights as a prisoner by not allowing her relatives to meet her. “She (Khaleda) is being deprived of legitimate rights of prisoners. Her close relatives have not been allowed to meet her for 21-22 days, though they repeatedly sought permission from the authorities,” alleged BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a press conference at the party's central office at Naya Paltan.

He said though the chairperson’s personal secretary, close relatives and senior party leaders repeatedly sought permission to meet her, the jail authorities did not pay heed to it.

The BNP leader demanded that the authorities concerned take steps so that relatives can meet Khaleda.

The BNP supremo has been languishing in jail in two corruption cases since February last year.

Referring to the jail code, Rizvi said a prisoner can meet relatives after every seven days, but the jail authorities made it 15 days for Khaleda Zia. “The authorities are now overlooking their 15-day rule on the directives of the government,” he added.

Rizvi termed it "cruel behaviour" towards the former premier, alleging that Khaleda Zia is being mentally tortured as part of a plan to harm the nationalist forces.

He said prohibiting Khaleda’s close relatives from meeting her is a serious "mental repression" on her, and people, along with her relatives, are worried over the matter.

"What does this cruel behviour indicate? Such atrocious behaviour is meant to mentally torture Khaleda Zia and her relatives. The government is conspiring to keep her isolated from the outside world by confining her within the walls of the jail," he claimed.

 

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