BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said the party will “force the government” through street protests to release their Chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.
Speaking at a human chain, he also alleged that the government is not willing to ensure proper treatment of Khaleda at any specialised private hospital out of political vengeance.
“There's no alternative to freeing Khaleda Zia for restoring democracy. Time has come for us to strengthen our organisation and forge a strong unity of people. We'll force the government to release our leader through waging an unstoppable movement,” Fakhrul said.
BNP leaders and activists formed the human chain in front of Jatiya Press Club, demanding Khaleda's release and her proper treatment.
Stating that Khaleda is very ill, Fakhrul said availing treatment is her basic and constitutional right. “But she is being deprived of it. We have been demanding she be provided treatment at any specialised hospital, but the government is not paying heed to it out of fear.”
“They've kept her in jail only because of their political vengeance,” he said.
Amid the party's concerns over Khaleda's illness, a BNP delegation -- led by Fakhrul -- met Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Tuesday at his Secretariat office and got assurance from him that every necessary measure will be taken to ensure Khaleda's treatment.
Later, the home minister said Khaleda will be taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) very soon for medical test.
BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said when their chairperson, a three-time prime minister, is not getting minimum medical treatment in jail, physicians were brought from abroad for a minister and he was sent to Singapore for better treatment.
He demanded the government release Khaleda from jail so that she can receive treatment either at home or abroad as per her will.
The BNP leader warned that the government will be held responsible if Khaleda's condition deteriorates further.
Another BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas said it is unfortunate that their party has to form a human chain demanding treatment of a three-time prime minister.
Wishing early recovery of Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader, he said Khaleda also has the right to proper treatment like Quader.
BNP standing committee members Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury; vice chairmen Shamsuzzaman Dudu, AZM Zahid Hossain; and Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, among others, spoke at the programme.