Dhaka:The 17 day house arrest of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Khaleda Zia virtually comes to an end with police lifting off the barricades from her office unexpectedly. Reports claimed that renewed violence in the national capital of Dhaka has left at least 28 people dead.
The barricades, water cannons and police vans were removed from BNP’s Gulshan headquarters. According to BNP leaders, the police removed the vans at around 2:30 am local time and eventually left the spot with their water cannons.
Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said that the former Prime Minister won’t be barred from moving anywhere in the country.
Zia was locked up in her office on January 3 after the BNP leader called for strikes and protest rallies to mark the anniversary of the polls held on January 5 last year as ‘Democracy killing day’.
Police banned all rallies and protests in the capital fearing violent clashes among the ruling and the opposition parties after Awami League called for counter rallies in this regard.
Polls held last year was boycotted by the opposition parties alleging that there would be enormous rigging by the ruling awami league. It gave them the opportunity to win the election uncontested in most of the seats and PM Sheikh Hasina retained her position.