Dhaka – The BNP has announced fresh programme to stage demonstration across the country today as it was denied permission to hold the planned rally at Suhrawardy Udyan for yesterday protesting the police search at chairperson’s Gulshan office.
As part of the programme, the BNP, the arch rival of the ruling Awami League, will stage demonstration at city and district levels across the country while thana level in the capital.
Senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programme, second of its kinds this week, at a press conference at parry headquarters in the city yesterday.
BNP standing committee, the highest policymaking body of the party, at a meeting on Sunday decided to hold a protest rally at Suhrawardy Udyan protesting the Gulshan incident.
The party had submitted application to department of public works and office of Dhaka Metropolitan Police seeking permission to hold the rally. Later, police informed the BNP that the ruling Awami League will hold a rally there on Wednesday, BNP sources claimed.
In a surprised move, police on Saturday conducted a search operation at Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office and came out the office empty handed as they did not find any harmful thing in it.
Rizvi told reporters that the denial of permission to BNP to its rally proved that the police action at chairperson’s Gulshan office was a part of government conspiracies.
He alleged that the country’s democracy now depends on police permission.
The BNP leader accused the AL led alliance government of becoming desparate to control the higher courts after the democracy hostaged to cling to power.
“The government is showing an aggressive mentality towards the higher courts. They (AL) can continue one paety misrule for the second time, if it can control the higher courts,” he alleged.
Replying to a question, Rizvi said if the Election Commission wants to formally sit on a dialogue with the BNP, they would take decision in this regard at the parry forum.
He alleged that senior vice president of Chittagong South District unit of BNP Sheikh Mohiuddin has been taken away from in front of a bus counter at Arambagh in the capital Tuesday night by some persons who introduced them as member of Detective Branch of police.
The BNP leader said Mohiuddin cannot be traced after the incident and demanded appearing him with healthy condition immidiately.
BNP chairperson’s adviser Abul Khair Bhuiyan, organising secretary Ruhul Quddus Talukder Dulu, among others, were present on the occassion. – Staff Reporter