POST TIME: 13 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 13 March, 2018 02:34:31 AM
BNP now declares rally for Mar 19

BNP now declares rally for Mar 19

Claims JCD leader Zakir killed in custody Having failed to get permission to hold its yesterdays scheduled rally in the capital, BNP now announced to hold similar programme at Suhrawardy Udyan on March 19, reports UNB. Meanwhile, BNP also alleged that Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) Dhaka north city unit vice president Zakir Hossain Milon died in custody early Monday due to 'brutal torture' on him during police remand. BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came up with the announcement at a press conference at the party's Nayapaltan central office. "Though we had all the necessary preparations for today's rally, police denied us permission for staging the rally on security grounds. But we want to avoid any types of conflicts and confrontation and want to exercise opposition's democratic rights of holding rallies and meetings in a peaceful manner," he said.

Fakhrul further said, "We're trying to tackle everything with patience. That's why we've taken a different decision instead of announcing any protest progrmme. BNP will hold this rally at the Suhrawardy Udyan on March 19."

The BNP leader hoped that good sense will prevail upon the government to allow the party to hold the rally on March 19.

On March 2, BNP announced to hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan today, demanding the release of its chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia from jail. The DMP authorities, however, informed BNP on Sunday night that they could not permit the party to hold its rally on security grounds.

In another statement, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said Milon was subjected to the government's political vengeance as it is out to protect its despotic rule by eliminating the existence of the opposition parties. He said police arrested Milon, also the acting president of Tejgaon thana unit JCD, on March 6.

The BNP secretary general said the members of Ramna Police Station produced him before a court the following day and took him on a three-day remand on March 8. Later, he was taken to the headquarters of the Detective Branch (DB) of police and sent to jail on Sunday. "Zakir was injured seriously during the three consecutive day's remand and met a tragic end of his life in jail yesterday morning. He was pushed towards death without ensuring treatment for him in jail. We strongly condemn and protest the inhuman incident."

The BNP leader also expressed deep shock at his premature death caused by lack of treatment after torture by police.

He also prayed for salvation of the departed soul and conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved family members.

Fakhrul said the government is continuously arresting their party leaders and inflicting brutal torture on them during remand, making them physically and mentally ill. "The current regime has got so much desperate out of its political vengeance that it has lost its minimum human sense."