Dhaka – Several hundred opposition activists demonstrated in Dhaka Friday demanding release of the former Bangladeshi prime minister Khaleda Zia who was jailed for her conviction in a graft case.
Zia, also the chief of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), landed in jail Thursday after a Dhaka court sentenced her to five years in prison for embezzling funds meant for a charity.
The protesters led by party general secretary Fakhrul Islam Alamgir paraded streets in central Dhaka chanting slogans for immediate release of the former prime minister.
Police intercepted the procession as the protesters reached in front of the BNP headquarters in Nayapaltan after marching a few kilometres from the Baitul Mukarram national mosque after Friday prayers.
Four people have been arrested in suspicion that they might create chaos on the street, an officer said.
The BNP, which rejected the verdict as politically motivated, has named Tarique Rahman, the son of Zia, as acting chief of the party.
Party spokesman Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed said Rahman will lead the party as per constitution.
Rahman, who was also sentenced to 10 years in jail along with four others for his involvement in the graft, has been living in London since 2008.