BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s convoy started from Chittagong circuit house on Sunday morning on its way to Cox’s Bazar where she will visit Rohingya refugee camps.
The BNP chief’s motorcade left Chittagong circuit house around 11:50am. She stayed at the circuit house overnight.
Thousands of leaders, activists and supporters of BNP lined both sides of the road to greet Khaleda Zia.
Khaleda, along with BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and Vice Chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu left Dhaka yesterday morning. Party leaders and activists joined her from the Nayapaltan central office.
On Saturday afternoon, her motorcade, along with media vehicles that accompanied her, came under attack at Mohammad Ali Bazar near Feni district town.
After a recess at Feni circuit house, Khaleda started the journey again for the port city at 6:52 pm and reached Chittagong circuit house around 10:50 pm.
It took her nearly two hours to reach the circuit house from Chittagong city gate as BNP leaders and activists staged a huge showdown in the city.
The convoy came under attack around 4.45 pm when a group of unidentified people attacked the automobiles of the BNP chairperson’s convoy.
However, Khaleda Zia was unhurt and she safely reached Feni Circuit House around 5pm.
The attackers damaged a number of vehicles, including media microbus of Channel i, DBC, Ekattor and Baishakhi televisions and also assaulted several journalists including leaders-activists of BNP accompanying Khaleda Zia in the convoy.
The Chairperson’s convoy resumed it journey for Chittagong in the afternoon.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, Saturday morning, started her four-day tour to Cox’s Bazar to visit the Rohingya refugees taking shelter in the country escaping persecution of the Myanmar government.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi blamed the ruling party cadres for the attack and alleged that they did it at the behest of the government.
“We’ve sought their cooperation and necessary security measures to make our chairperson journey peaceful but they let loose their activists to attack journalists and our leaders and activists,” he said.
The BNP leader also alleged that the ruling party men had attacked their party activists at different points in Comilla earlier.