BNP wants huge gathering in Dhaka on February 8

Published: February 02, 2018 18:16:58 | Updated: February 03, 2018 11:31:57


BNP wants huge presence of its leaders and activists in the capital on February 8 before the announcement of the verdict in a graft case against Khaleda Zia.

The party is already taking all-out preparations in this regard as the ruling party is reportedly planning to resist them, triggering a fresh political tension.

BNP insiders said leaders and activists will take positions in different areas around Bakshibazar special court on the day defying any type of obstacles.

"Their plan is to stage a massive demonstration if Khaleda Zia is convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case," party sources said.

However, the party men were asked not to indulge in any violence, but resist if police and ruling party activists attack them.

Awami League senior leaders said they have also instructed their party leaders and activists to be vigil there on the streets on the day so that their main rival party activists cannot create any 'chaos' over the court verdict.

Besides, police officials at a meeting, led by new IGP Mohammad Javed Patwary, on Thursday evening decided not to allow BNP men to create any trouble in the city on February, no matter what will be the court judgement.

As per their decisions, huge police will be deployed in and around the special court areas and all the entry points of the city while few vehicles will be allowed to ply roads so that BNP leaders and activists cannot gather at any point for staging demonstrations.

Meanwhile, police drives are on to arrest BNP leaders and activists in three cases filed with Shahbagh Police Station over Tuesday's attacks on police near the High Court.

Police have already arrested over 250 BNP leaders and activists, including its standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy in the three cases.

Contacted, Awami League joint general secretary Mahabubul Alam Hanif said BNP has exposed on Tuesday by attacking police that it could not yet come out of 'subversive activities'.

"So, they may try to indulge in violence on February 8, and police will handle any such move with an iron hand."

According to UNB, he said ruling party men need not to take to the streets as police are capable enough to face the BNP cadres.

An Awami League presidium member, wishing anonymity, said their party men will be out there on the streets alongside police to resist BNP's any anarchic activity.

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