Published: Sunday, April 7, 2013

BNP TOP LEADERS LAND IN JAIL

Opposition calls 36-hr hartal from Tuesday

BNP refrains from backing Monday's Hefajat hartal

BNP joint secretary general Salahuddin Ahmed (left) announces a 36-hour shutdown from Tuesday at a press briefing at the party headquarters at Nayapaltan Sunday. Photo: TV grab.

BNP joint secretary general Salahuddin Ahmed (left) announces a 36-hour shutdown from Tuesday at a press briefing at the party headquarters at Nayapaltan Sunday. Photo: TV grab.

Shortly after eight top BNP leaders were sent to jail Sunday, the 18-party opposition alliance called for a 36-hour countrywide shutdown from 6:00am Tuesday.

While announcing the agitation programme, Salahuddin Ahmed, acting joint secretary general of BNP which leads the coalition, said his party was not backing Monday’s daylong shutdown called by Hefajat-e Islam.

Though the decision to slap hartal on Tuesday and Wednesday was taken earlier, the announcement came Sunday afternoon minutes after three separate courts in Dhaka sent BNP leaders Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Moudud Ahmed, Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, Mirza Abbas, Shahiduddin Chowdhury Annie, Abdullah Al Noman, Moazzem Hossain Alal and Barkatullah Bulu to jail.

The BNP leaders went to courts for extending their bail in eight cases filed in connection with violence in the capital on March 2 and 6.

While announcing the hartal at a press briefing at the party headquarters at Nayapaltan, Salahuddin Ahmed strongly criticised the courts’ decision to send the BNP leaders to jail.

Topped by the demand of releasing all opposition men and withdrawing cases filed against them, the BNP demands also include stopping, what the alliance terms, “genocide”, reinstating the caretaker government system, and, above all, resignation of the government.

“Hospitals, ambulances, drug stores, restaurants and vehicles carrying newspapers will remain out of the purview of the Shutdown,” Salahuddin announced.



  • disqus_AjZv5T13AP

    My name is Mental,
    My drug is Hartal.
    My drink is blood,
    36 hours a lot.

  • http://twitter.com/walihaque WaliulHaqueKhondker

    More Hartal more jail, more jail more Hartal….Very childish game is being played by very important people, with the country as the chessboard and citizens as the pawns!

  • http://twitter.com/snepts Sabina G

    In other countries, highly educated people involves in politics and becomes member of parliament. But for our country, it is totally opposite. We have politicians who don’t even have proper education but they are running the country. A driver who doesn’t know how to drive is driving !! What a scary thing, isn’t it ?

    And that’s why, these people have no problem to call strike or engage in destructive activities because these people have no idea how much loss a country suffer for one day’s shut down. Actually they are not at fault , it is the voters who are at fault. Voters blindly votes without the legitimacy of candidates. What they sow , that’s what they reap.

  • A Bangalee

    Hartal, Hartal, Hartal, Bangladesh, Bangladesh. Goody good.

  • sheila k khan

    Whom the Gods wish to destroy, he first makes mad!!! Why this naked show of insanity if not insensitivity??? Are these guys going Bonkers???

  • msjca@rogers.com

    The present Government can easily solve the present crisis. Ban Hartal by enforcing law and declare the hartal illegal and come into an agreement with the opposition regarding care taker government issue. There is no harm to have the election under care take government provided Awami league does not have any bad intention. If Awami league thinks that its elected by the people, it should respect people’s democratic rights.
    M S Jamal
    Ontario
    Canada