The 6-hour-long hunger strike of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) demanding the immediate release of its chief Begum Khaleda Zia, have ended before three hours of the expected time.
Although the leaders announced to continue the programme until 4pm, they ended it up around 1pm following a request of police to consider the immense sufferings of the commuters, said Maruf Hossain Sardar, deputy commissioner of Ramna Division Police.
Earlier, hundreds of BNP leaders and activists gathered in front of the Jatiya Press Club at 10am and announced to stay there until 4pm on Wednesday.
BNP Standing Committee Members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Nazrul Islam Khan and Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury were present in the hunger strike among others while it's Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir could not attend the programme as he appeared before a court in the capital, Kalerkantho Bangla version reported quoting BNP leaders.
BNP leaders and followers formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Monday and staged a sit-in programme in front of party’s Nayapaltan central office on Tuesday protesting the imprisonment of Khaleda Zia by a lower court in a graft case.