Dhaka – Bangladesh Nationalist Party has announced a nationwide agitation for Sunday to protest the police raid at the office of the party chief in Dhaka, a party leader said.
The leaders and activists will demonstrate at every unit across the country, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed, senior joint general secretary of the party, told reporters after the raid conducted early on Saturday.
Police conducted a raid for nearly two hours at the office of Khaleda Zia, a former prime minister, to find ‘anti-state’ documents.
“We have conducted the search in line with a court order to find whether there is any subversive literature,” officer Abu Bakar Siddique said.
BNP, an opposition outside parliament, alleged that the raid was conducted based on a complaint filed by an unnamed person. It was conspiracy against the party, said the party leaders.
Police could not find anything inside the political office of the former premier. But the opposition activists instantly protested the raid.
The BNP alleged that the drive was a conspiracy against Khaleda, who has been getting her party prepared for the next general elections scheduled in late 2018.
“It was a move by the government to taint the image of the party and its leader,” Rizvi told reporters alleging that the police entered the office without permission and deactivated all the closed-circuit cameras inside the building.
They also messed up the documents inside the office.
Khaleda, a two-time prime minister, has been facing dozens of case related to alleged corruption, sedition and violence.
Her BNP-led opposition alliance boycotted the 2014 general election allowing her arch political rival Sheikh Hasina’s ruling Awami League-led coalition to assume office.