BNP activists, police clash during Khaleda's drive to court

BNP men, police clash on Khaleda’s drive to court

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Dhaka, 08 Feb – Clashes took place between police and BNP activists at different city points when they were heading towards Bakshibazar special court accompanying the motorcade of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia ahead of the verdict despite deployment of BGB, RAB, police, Ansar men and other detective branches to maintain security Thursday.Even, ruling party activists attacked BNP chairperson’s motorcade at Moghbazar and they throw brickbats targeting her car.
A special judge’s court has sentenced former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to five years in prison for corruption.
However, BNP leaders and activists have brought out processions and protest the court verdict at different areas across the country after hearing the verdict.
The BNP men brought out the processions in Dhaka, Mymensingh, Kishoregani, Gaibandha, Bogra, Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Noakhali, Nilphamari and Lakkhipur.
Amid heightened security in the city as well as across Bangladesh and tensions running high on the political scene, a special judge’s court has sentenced former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to five years in prison yesterday for embezzling Tk 21 million in foreign donation for the Zia Orphanage Trust.
Meanwhile police arrested over 600 BNP leaders and activists including including Khaleda Zia’s special assistant Shimul Biswas, Chittagong Metropolitan BNP Unit president Shahadat Hossain and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) central President Rajib Ahsan.
Despite banning procession and rally by the DMP, leaders and activists of Awami League, Chhatra League, Juba League and other wing of ruling Awami League, riding on motorbikes, were seen staging showdown in various places in the city including the High Court, Dhaka University campus, Shahbagh, Jatiya Press Club, Mirpur, Gabtali, Mohakhali, Paltan and Ramna areas.
At least one person killed in Narayanganj and over 20 injured centering Khaleda’s verdict.
Police lobbed teargas shells to disperse the BNP activists at Motshya bhaban areas.
A female lawyer was injured during a scuffle with law enforcers while pro-BNP lawyers were staging agitation in front of the High Court mazar gate area. – Staff Reporter

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