BNP yet to get police permission for Feb 22 rally

BNP yet to get police permission for Feb 22 rally

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Dhaka, Feb 19 – BNP is yet to get police permission to hold its planned rally on February 22 either at Suhrawardy Udyan or in front of party central office at Naya Paltan protesting jailing Khaleda Zia in a graft case and demanding her release.The BNP leaders, however, expressed their hope that the police authorities would give them permission to hold their planned rally.
A four-member BNP team led by vice chairman Advocate Ahmed Azam Khan yesterday met Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah to get update of their application for permission of the meeting venue.
Azam Khan declined to make any comment on the outcome of the meeting with DMP commissioner saying that they talked to the commissioner openly.
“We will inform you about the outcome of the meeting at a press conference tomorrow (Tuesday),” he said.
Police authorities against suggested the BNP to hold indoor meeting instead of outdoor rally but the party leaders are adamant to hold it outdoor, said a team member preferring anonymity.
The other members of the team include chairperson’s adviser Ataur Rahman Dhali, Monirul Haque Chowdhury and assistant organizing secretary Abdus Salam Chowdhury.
When contacted BNP standing committee member Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said if the authorities do not give permission to hold the rally, the party would take decision in this regard at party forum.
“If they do not want to give us permission, let the people see the state of democracy in the country and how the government gauges our rights to hold rallies demanding the release of chairperson Khaleda Zia,” he said.
Another standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury questioned the authorities as to why they would hold the rally indoor when the ruling Awami League and opposition Jatiya Party are allowed to hold outdoor public meeting.
Meanwhile, as part of the central programme, the BNP will hold rallies at city, district and upazila levels across the country, except Dhaka, today demanding the release of Khaleda, who has been convicted in the Zia charitable graft case and sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road.
The BNP is organising different mass contact programme including demonstration, rallies, human chain and hunger strike after a special court convicted Khaleda for five years and sent to jail on February 8. – Staff Reporter

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