Khaleda's right curtailed - relatives not allowed: BNP

Khaleda’s right curtailed – relatives not allowed: BNP

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Dhaka, July 11 – The BNP on Wednesday accused the government of undermining the rights of party chairperson Khaleda Zia by not permitting her relatives, friends and colleagues to visit her at the prison for last 11 days.“Her family members, friends and colleagues are not allowed to meet her during the last 11 days. It is in total violation of the jail code and the constitution,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at a press conference at party central office at Naya Paltan.
In a rare instance, he said when the Khaleda’s relatives approached the jail super to meet her they were directed to get permission from the IGP (prison) while the IGP (prison) referred them to the minister for the home affairs for permission and the minister told them he has nothing to do about it and it requires permission from the number one person.
He said despite repeated communications, chairperson’s relatives and her party colleagues failed to get permission to meet her through as per jail code, jail super is enough to permit them to meet the former premier.
The BNP secretary general questioned the rule of the law in the country if taking permission from the head of the government is needed to meet their party chairperson. He termed it as a violation of human rights.
The minister could not be reached over the telephone for his comments in this regard.
Mirza Alamgir also accused the government of setting traps to keep Khaleda in the prison in a bid to keep her from out of the politics and election process.
He mentioned that the former premier is now on bail in the main case in which he has been sent to prison but her bail is being lingered in other what he said false cases to keep her in the jail for a long time.
The BNP leader also accused the government of not providing proper treatment to the party chairperson as per her desire.
“We are apprehending whether there is a move to keep her from politics and election and remove from the earth,” he said.
He reiterated his call to provide proper treatment to Khaleda after releasing her immediately.
Mirza Alamgir hoped that good sense would prevail in the minds of the government and they would take lessons from history and hold the next election under a neutral government after the dissolution of Parliament.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, Abdus Salam Azad, Mir Sharafat Ali Sapu, among others, were present at the press conference. – Staff Reporter

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