“Shahjahan Khan’s move was utterly provocative” said BNP
17 February 2015, Nirapad News: BNP said on Monday that, the Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan’s move to besiege its chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office “utterly provocative” and the attempt was made in a bid to “kill” her. In a joint statement, BNP Dhaka City convener Mirza Abbas and Habibun Nabi Khan Sohel said the Shipping Minister staged the demonstration near the BNP chief’s Gulshan office at the behest of the government’s high-ups.
The two leaders warned the minister of dire consequences for his threat to arrest Khaleda Zia. “Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan tried to block BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office with some hired people. We strongly condemn and protest it. The move to lay a siege to Khaleda Zia was taken in a bid to kill her,” the statement said.
Abbas and Sohel said the minister showed his audacity by threatening to arrest the BNP chief. “The democracy-loving people will very soon give a befitting reply to it through the movement.”
Earlier in the day, several thousands people, led by Shajahan Khan under the banner of Sramik-Karmachari-Peshajibi-Muktijoddha Somonnoy Parishad, staged a demonstration near Khaleda’s Gulshan-2 office after police blocked their marched towards the office.
Addressing the programme, the minister threatened that people will take the BNP chairperson to Kashimpur Central Jail if she does not call off the hartal and transport blockade immediately.
The minister said they came to besiege Khaleda’s office to give her a message that they will remain on the streets as long as the BNP chief, her son Tarique Rahman and Jamaat-e-Islami stop subversive acts in the name of hartal and blockade and politics.
Abbas and Sohel also criticised the government for stopping food supply to the BNP chief’s office and demanded the government immediately withdraw ant restriction on food supply to Khaleda’s office.