BNP senior leaders failed to meet their chairperson Khaleda Zia at the Old Dhaka Central Jail in the capital on the Eid day on Wednesday.
Senior BNP leaders, including standing committee members and vice chairmen, along with nearly two hundred party leaders and activists headed for the jail gate around 12 pm to meet Khaleda, reports UNB.
Police, however, obstructed them from nearly half a kilometre away from the jail gate.
They showed the letter that they sent to the Home Ministry seeking permission to meet Khaleda but police said that they were not aware of that.
Talking to reporters after being obstructed, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said though they sent a letter to the home ministry for meeting Khaleda, they could not.
It as ‘unfortunate’, he further said.
“As per rules, prisoners can receive visitors on Eid day, but police are not allowing us to meet our beloved leader. It’s very painful,” he said.
At least 13 senior leaders went to meet Khaled at jail, including BNP standing committee members Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Mirza Abbas, Nazrul Islam and Abdul Awal Mintoo.
Mosharraf said they tried to go to the jail to meet the BNP chief, but police obstructed them from going to the jail gate. “Police could have taken us to the jail authorities. Blocking us is not their duty.”
Mirza Abbas said the government did injustice to them by not allowing them to meet Khaleda.
After waiting for half an hour, the BNP leaders left the place failing to meet her.