The BNP-led 20-party alliance did not get permission to form a human chain in the capital tomorrow protesting forced disappearances of people including its leaders and activists across the country.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) officials said they did not give permission to the alliance for the programme “considering public security”.
"Police did not give permission to the alliance as there was a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan of another political party (Awami League). If police allow the alliance to hold the programme, a chaos may take place between the two groups," Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (media) of DMP, told the Daily Star.
The alliance on Monday announced that it would hold the human chain across the country to mark 'International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance'.
But the ruling party earlier declared a month long programme including Saturday’s rally over the August 15, the National Mourning Day, when Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated along with most of his family members in 1975.