BNP has said the jail authorities are ‘inhumane’ for denying Khaleda Zia’s relatives to take home-made food for her on the Eid-ul-Azha day.
While speaking at a press conference at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office on Wednesday, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir expressed anger over the action taken by the jail authorities.
“Her family members took home-made food for her as per discussion with the authorities, but only six relatives of her were allowed to meet her and they were not permitted to take the food,” Fakhrul alleged in the press meet.
The senior BNP leader said the attitude was shown towards Khaleda Zia, who is three times former prime minister and two times opposition leader, is inhuman.
He added that the jail officials said they could not let the food go through as per the directives of the high officials.
Earlier in the day, only six relatives of the BNP chief-were allowed to meet her in the jail.
Khaleda’s sister Selina Islam, her husband professor Rofiqul Islam, sister-in-law Nasrin Iskandar, daughter-in-law Sharmila Rahman and granddaughter Jahiya Rahman and Tarique Rahman’s sister-in-law Sahina Zaman Bindu entered in the jail around 3:35 pm and had passed around an hour there.
Earlier, senior BNP leaders, including standing committee members and vice chairmen, along with several hundred leaders and activists headed for the jail gate around 12 pm to meet Khaleda.
Police, however, blocked them nearly half a kilometre away from the jail gate as they had no permission from the jail authorities to meet Khaleda.
After waiting for half an hour, the BNP leaders left the place failing to meet her.
On February 8, Khaleda Zia was sent to jail after a special court sentenced her to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Khaleda has been staying at the jail with her domestic help Fatema Begum.
The BNP chief earlier celebrated eid twice in jail after her arrest by the army-backed caretaker government after the 1/11 political changeover in 2007.