Police charge baton on BNP rally in Khulna; 15 injured


Dhaka, Nov 22: Baton-wielding police on Monday clashed with BNP activists during a rally in Khulna city injuring several people, including a journalist, local BNP said.

The district BNP organised the rally in front of its office here as part of a nationwide programme to pressure the government to allow party chief Begum Khaleda Zia to travel abroad for better treatment. She is now receiving medical treatment in Dhaka’s Evercare hospital for multiple health problems.

Police used batons to try to disperse the rally after it started at 12 noon, said Shamsuzzaman Chanchal, assistant office-secretary of Khulna BNP. He said police detained some of the leaders and members of the party.

Nazrul Islam Monju, president of city BNP said the party will not be silenced by such actions of overzealous police.

Monju said local police are not even heeding the home minister who said BNP can hold such rallies.