New York Times journo barred from meeting Khaleda


Amid the opposition’s allegation of keeping her confined to her residence, the law enforcers on Friday night barred influential US newspaper the New York Times’ South Asian Desk bureau chief and political correspondent Ellen Barry from meeting Khaleda Zia.


Barry along with BNP chairperson’s adviser Reaz Rahman came in front of Khaleda’s Gulshan residence around 8:15pm to meet her.


However, the law enforcers deployed there did not allow him to enter the house, BNP chairperson’s media wing member Shamsuddin Didar told UNB.


Earlier, the law enforcers also blocked Supreme Court lawyer Fahima Nasrin as she went to meet the opposition leader.


Meanwhile, a delegation of opposition MPs, led by opposition chief whip Joynal Abedin Farroque, met President Abdul Hamid in the afternoon, requesting him for taking measures to make it clear before the nation whether Khaleda is under arrest, confinement or house arrest.


Abdul Hamid assured them pf taking every possible step in this regard in line with the constitution.


Earlier on Thursday morning, the eight-member delegation of BNP MPs met Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury at her office and sought her intervention in freeing Khaleda from her reported confinement.


As the government deployed huge law enforcers around Khaleda’s residence since Saturday last and did not allow her to come out of it to join the abortive 18-party’s March to Democracy programme, BNP has been claiming that the government has kept her confined to her residence, a claim turned down by the government

Source: UNB Connect



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