Police and barricade withdrawn from Khaleda’s Gulshan office
Nirapad News : 16 days after the BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s confinement additional police and barricade put in front of her office in Gulshan have been removed in the early hours today.
Two police vans and a water cannon, which were placed crisscrossed on the two ends of her office (House-6, Road no-86), left the area around 2:30am.
Most of the police members deployed surrounding the office also left the area by 3:30am.
Rest of police personnel who still remained deployed there left the place around 11:00am.
While leaving the area, no police official agreed to comment about their sudden and late night pull out of the barricade and additional police.
“On instruction of our higher authority we are returning to our respective stations,” a police constable said wishing not to be named.
Although police unlocked the pocket gate of the main entrance of the two-story building, the main gate still remains under key and lock from inside,
After the withdrawal of the barricade and the police members, BNP Chairperson’s Security Force was seen taking position at the main gate for duty.
A vehicle of Khaleda’s private security force was also placed in front of her office gate minutes after police pulled out their barricade.
BNP sources could not confirm whether Khaleda will be back to her residence or stay at the office amid the alliance’s countrywide indefinite blockade, which they enforced since January 5 in protest against the confinement and for not allowing her to attend a showdown in front of her Nayapaltan central office on January 5.
The alliance later added its prime demand — sit in dialogue — for holding a fresh inclusive election with its two reasons behind the protest.
“After evaluating the overall situation, Khaleda Zia and the party’s high-ups will take decision on its next course of action,” a BNP central leader said.
The BNP chief was confined to her office around 11:30pm on January 3, a day before the much-hyped rally in the capital to mark what the alliance said “Democracy Killing Day” to protest the 10th parliamentary polls boycotted by the alliance and most other political parties.
BNP Vice Chairman Selima Rahman, Khaleda’s special assistant Shimul Biswas, press secretary Maruf Kamal Khan and Mohila Dal general secretary Shirin Sultana and a few other women leaders, have also been, among others, staying with the BNP chief since her confinement.
Besides, 43 members of her security personnel and office staffs have also been there inside her office.