The 10th anniversary of the release of Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina from prison will be observed today.
On this day in 2008, Sheikh Hasina was released from the special sub-jail set up on the premises of the Jatiya Sangsad (Parliament) Building after remaining captive there for nearly 11 months, reports BSS.
The Awami League President was arrested from her Sudha Sadan residence at Dhanmondi on July 16, 2007 during the military-backed caretaker government, which assumed power in the political changeover of 1/11 in 2007.
As Sheikh Hasina fell sick during her captivity, demands were raised then from different quarters including the Awami League and its associate bodies to send her abroad for better medical treatment after releasing her from jail.
Conceding to the people’s spontaneous and repeated demands and pressure from different quarters, the caretaker government was compelled to release Sheikh Hasina from jail.
In the national election of December 29 in 2008, the Awami League-led grand alliance registered a landslide victory with a two-thirds majority in the Jatiya Sangsad (Parliament) and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina was elected as the Prime Minister for the second term.
Marking the day, Dhaka City South unit of Awami League will arrange a discussion at Ladies Club at Eskaton at 5pm today. It will be followed by an Iftar party.
AL General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader will join it as the chief guest.
Besides, Awami Jubo League will organize a discussion at Mahanagar Natya Manch at 10am. Food Minister Advocate Qamrul Islam will join it as the chief guest.