BNP to demonstrate across country on Monday despite government’s ban on rallies
Nirapad News : Despite the government’s ban on holding any public rallies or gatherings in the city, BNP on Sunday announced to stage demonstrations across the country, including the capital city, on Monday protesting the confinement of Khaleda to her office. BNP joint secretary general Salauddin Ahmed said that their demonstration programme is also meant for registering the party’s protest against the arrest of ailing BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Salauddin asked the party’s leaders and activists to make their programmes a success with their spontaneous presence on the streets defying all obstacles and the repressive acts of the government. He also asked the leaders and activists of 20-party alliance to stage their scheduled rally and black flag processions in the city and all over the country under any circumstances on Monday marking January 5 as a ‘Democracy Killing Day’. Police confined BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to her Gulshan political office around 11:30pm on Saturday, forcing her to spend overnight there. Several vehicles have been kept at different locations around the office, restricting movement of any type of vehicle. On Saturday midnight, plainclothes police also vacated BNP’s Nayapaltan central office and put it under lock and key after picking up its ailing joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi and driving out 4-5 office staff. Minutes before locking it, a team of Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police picked Rizvi up from the BNP office and took him to Apollo Hospital for treatment. The BNP leader is now being treated at the hospital under police custody. But the law enforcers still did not make it clear whether they have arrested Rizvi or not. Meanwhile, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Sunday imposed a ban on holding all types of public rally and gathering in the city from 5 pm today (Sunday) until further notice, according to a news agency.