Police on Saturday arrested several leaders and activists of BNP when they brought out a procession in the capital to protest the conviction of their party chief Khaleda Zia.
At around 1:20pm, the BNP men brought out the procession from opposite to Kakrail Mosque area of Purana Paltan chanting slogans for the immediate release of Khaleda.
After around 10 minutes, when the procession reached Fakirapool water tank area, law enforcers chased the men down and arrested several leaders and activists.
Others fled the scene to avoid arrest.
The BNP men brought out the rally as part of their 2-day protest programme against Khaleda’s conviction.
Earlier on Friday, they staged demonstrations across the country protesting Khaleda Zia’s imprisonment and demanding her release.
On Thursday, Khaleda Zia was jailed after a court ordered 5 years imprisonment over the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Her son Tarique Rahman, also the vice-chair of the party, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment along with four other accused in the same case but he is currently absconding in London.
The five were also fined 2.10 crore taka each by the court.