BNP on Friday announced to hold a public rally in the city on February 22, demanding the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.
Speaking at a press briefing at the BNP’s Nayapaltan central office in the morning, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said they have decided to hold the rally either at Suhrawardy Udyan or in front of their central office on Thursday next.
He said they have already sought permission from the authorities concerned for arranging the programme.
He said their party’s countrywide mass signature collection drive, demanding the release of Khaleda Zia, will formally begin at 11am at Nayapaltan central office on Saturday.
BNP on Thursday announced another round of peaceful countrywide protest programmes.
The programmes include collecting signatures from mass people across the country on Saturday, submitting memorandums to all the deputy commissioner offices on Sunday and staging 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 last. She was then sent to the old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.
As part of the programmes, the party observed a token hunger strike on Wednesday while 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 Nayapaltan central office on Tuesday.
Rizvi alleged that their party chairperson’s special assistant Shamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas has been tortured after taking remand in two phases.
He demanded the government immediately revoke the remand against him and release him immediately.
The BNP leader claimed that their party’s around 4,650 leaders and activists have so far been arrested across the country since January 30 last.
He alleged that police foiled a recitation from the holy Quran programme arranged by Habiganj unit BNP on municipality ground there seeking divine blessing for Khaleda.
Not only that, Rizvi said, police also arrested the imam of a mosque in Bogra at the behest of local deputy commissioner for offering a munajat seeking Khaleda’s release from jail. “The administration of this regime is now also obstructing religious activities. We strongly condemn it.”