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POST TIME: 12 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 12 July, 2018 02:10:35 AM
Visitors not allowed to meet Khaleda: BNP
Staff reporter

Visitors not allowed to meet Khaleda: BNP

The government was undermining the rights of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia by not allowing her relatives, friends and colleagues to visit her in prison for the past 11 days, the party said yesterday.

“This is in total violation of the jail code and the Constitution,” BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told reporters at BNP’s Naya Paltan office.

Fakhrul claimed that when Khaleda’s relatives had approached the jail superintendent to meet her, they were directed to get permission from the IGP (Prison). The IGP (Prison) referred them to the home minister, who said he could do nothing about it and they would require permission from the number one person, he added.

He said Khaleda’s relatives and party colleagues failed to get permission to meet her. As per the jail code, the jail super is enough to permit them to meet the former premier.

The BNP secretary general questioned the rule of law in the country if taking permission from the Prime Minister was needed to meet their party chairperson. He termed it as a violation of human rights.

The home minister could not be reached over telephone for his comments in this regard.

The BNP leader also accused the government of plotting to keep Khaleda in prison in a bid to keep her away from politics and out of the election process.

He mentioned that Khaleda had secured bail in the case for which she was jailed, but the government was lingering on her release by foisting false cases on her.

The BNP leader also accused the government of not providing proper treatment to Khaleda. “We apprehend that this may be a ploy to kill her,” he alleged.

Fakhrul demanded that Khaleda should be released from prison immediately and given proper treatment. “We hope that good sense would prevail in the minds of the government. It should take lessons from history and hold the next election under a neutral government after dissolution of Parliament,” he added.

BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, Abdus Salam Azad and Mir Sharafat Ali Sapu were also present at the press conference.