Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said the government did not pay any heed to their appeal to release BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.
“We repeatedly urged the government to release her and ensure her proper treatment. But they didn’t respond to our demand,” Fakhrul said.
He was addressing a rally in front of BNP’s Naya Paltan central office demanding Khaleda Zia’s release from jail.
Claiming that police obstructed BNP’s procession and arrested their activists and leaders, Mirza Fakhrul said the government cannot stop people from demanding Khaleda Zia’s release through its repressive acts, reports UNB.
“The government thinks it can obstruct the movement seeking Khaleda Zia’s release by oppression but they [govt] have forgotten that one cannot stick to power through such oppression. The just demand of people can never be put down by oppression,” he said.
Terming the current government illegal, he said they have forcefully captured power and ruling without people’s mandate. “The government resorted to repression and torture to establish one-party rule. Today, people have no confidence in this government,” he claimed.
The BNP leader also claimed that 2.5 million activists and leaders of the party have been put behind bars.
Fakhrul said they appealed to the government for Khaleda Zia’s proper treatment and release since she is extremely sick.
Khaleda has been in jail since she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on 8 February, 2018. She was found guilty in another corruption case later the same year, though her party claims both cases are politically motivated.
The BNP chief has been receiving treatment at BSMMU since 1 April last year.
BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Mirza Abbas, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, Iqbal Hasan Mahmud, senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, among others, spoke at the programme.