BNP yesterday demanded unconditional release of party’s acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Almagir.BNP spokesman Dr. Asaduzzaman Ripon made the demand at a press conference at party central office hours after the court sent Mirza Fakhrul to jail after he surrendered before it over three violence cases.
Expressing his deep concern over the health condition of party’s ailing acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir he alleged that government was pushing the ailing BNP leader towards death denying his bail.
“Mirza Fakhrul has long been in a vulnerable condition for his illness. As a law-abiding citizen, he surrendered before the court and sought bail following the apex court’s order. Now, we have become very worried over his health fragility as the court sent our leader to jail rejecting his bail prayers,” he said.
Ripon argued that Fakhrul should have get bail on his health ground but the government did not do it.
“The government should do politics with the opposition in a democratic manner. But it is an inhuman act to push someone towards death only for political vengeance,” he said.
He warned that government could escape the responsibility of any unexpected incident in jail due to lack of his proper treatment there.
The BNP stockperson alleged that many senior leaders and workers of the party are seriously ill and leading a difficult life in prisons but the government does not believe it.
He said Fakhrul is now seriously ill as he is suffering from variously critical diseases, including that of heart and blockage in the nerve of neck.
“Their lives are gradually coming under threat due to lack of better treatment. Under the circumstances, their family members and party leaders are concerned over their health conditions,” he added.
Fakhrul received medical treatment in Singapore and the US for nearly two months after receiving bail from higher court. He is also scheduled to go to Singapore on November 24 for treatment.
The BNP acting secretary general was arrested on January 6 by plainclothes police in front of the Jatiya Press Club and he had been released from jail on bail on July 14 on health grounds.