BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday alleged that the government is running the country ‘suppressing’ people and ‘snatching’ their rights.
“This autocratic regime has snatched people’s every right as it lacks their mandate. That’s why they’re not allowing us to hold any rally...denying us permission for rallies has become their regular practice,” he said.
The BNP leader further said, “The government is ruling the country suppressing people and their hopes and aspirations.”
Fakhrul made the remarks while talking to reporters at their party’s Nayapaltan central office after the postponement of their scheduled rally in the city as police did not allow them to hold the programme.
Despite her serious illness, he alleged that Khaleda was not granted bail as part of a deep ‘conspiracy’. “We’re trying to organise people to have her freed through a movement.”
As his attention was drawn to his previous comment that their party would not take permission for holding rallies, the BNP secretary general said they are putting in their best efforts to use the political and democratic spaces braving various obstacles.
As part of its countrywide programme, BNP was scheduled to hold a rally in front of its central office at 2pm today (Saturday) protesting the rejection of party Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail petition in Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
Huge police were deployed in front of BNP’s Nayapaltan central office since morning centring the rally programme.
Fakhrul went to the BNP office around 11:30am and urged police to stay away from in front of main gate of their office and the law enforcers honoured his request.
Later, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a press conference announced that their party’s all thana units in the capital will stage demonstrations on Sunday protesting police obstruction to their scheduled rally.
Twenty-six workers of a Chinese company of Uttara Export Processing Zone were admitted to Adhunik Sadar Hospital here on Saturday morning with breathing problems.
Civil surgeon Ranajit Kumar Roy told reporters that the workers of Evergreen Products Factory (BD) Ltd were admitted to the hospital from 10 am to 10:30 am.
Contacted, Deputy Commissioner Md Hafizur Rahman Chowdhury said doctors are primarily suspecting that they might have fallen sick due to mass psychogenic illness (MPI) or mass hysteria amid fear of coronavirus outbreak.
Although the winter is over, 865 people were infected with respiratory problems across the country in the last 24 hours till Saturday morning.
Data from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) control room showed these patients in eight divisions received treatment for acute respiratory infection (ARI).
DGHS data also shows that 98,065 patients took treatment for ARI while 22 people died of the disease from November 1 to February 29.
Meanwhile, another 1,727 people were treated for diarrhoea and 1,138 for other diseases, including jaundice, eye inflammation, skin problems and fever.
During this period, a total of 242,517 people were affected by various cold-related diseases and 30 of them died across the country, said the DGHS.
In the meantime, Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka ranked worst in the Air Quality Index (AQI) for the three consecutive days till Friday.
Meanwhile, the air quality in the capital improved on Saturday noon with the AQI score of 111 at 3:11pm.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested the leader of a fraud gang in Chanpur area in Adarsha Sadar upazila on Friday night.
The arrestee is Kamal Ahmed, son of late Abdur Rahim of the area.
Following complaints by some victims, a Rab team conducted a drive in the area and arrested the gang leader Kamal, said Major Talukder Najmus Sakib, company commander, Rab-11.
The gang used to embezzle money from Bkash account holders using identities and names of different government agencies, he added.
The Rab team seized a mobile phone set used for embezzling money and two cheque books from the spot.
Security has been beefed up in the city’s police boxes and check posts after the Friday’s explosion at a traffic police box in Soloshohor area in the city that left five people, including two cops, injured.
Besides, a team of Anti-Terrorism Unit (ATU) left Dhaka for the port city to investigate the incident.
An explosion took place at a traffic police box near Biplob Uddyan around 9 pm on Friday, leaving a traffic sergeant, an assistant sub-inspector, and three pedestrians injured.
Members of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and Bomb Disposal Unit of police rushed to the spot but yet to detect how the blast occurred.
Amena Begum, additional commissioner of Chattogram Metropolitan Police, said,” Police are investigating the blast incident to know whether it was an accident or sabotage.”
She also said police cordoned off the area after the incident while security was tightened at each police box and police check post in the city.
Traffic sergeant Arafat Hossain Bhuiyan, ASI Md Alauddin and three other injured people were taken to Chattogram Medical College Hospital, said Assistant Prof Dr Rafique Uddin Ahmed, CMCH.