Several hundred leaders and activists of the BNP brought out a procession from the national mosque, Baitul Mukarram, after Juma prayers protesting at their party chief Khaleda Zia’s conviction in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
They chanted slogans demanding unconditional release of three-time prime minister Khaleda Zia, reports UNB.
Police however dispersed the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) men when they reached near Nightingale crossing at Naya Paltan around 2:00pm.
Police also detained a number of BNP leaders and activists from the Naya Paltan area.
The BNP on Thursday announced countrywide demonstrations protesting at its chairperson Khaleda Zia’s conviction in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
As part of their two-day demonstration programme, the party leaders and activists brought out the rally after Juma prayers.
Amid heightening tensions and various speculations, a special court in Dhaka on Thursday convicted the former prime minister Khaleda Zia and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the much-talked-about Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.