BNP accuses govt of depriving Khaleda of treatment, demands release

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Bangladesh Nationalist Party standing committee member Jamiruddin Sircar on Saturday accused the government of depriving the party’s jailed chairperson Khaleda Zia of proper treatment and demanded her immediate release.
At a news conference at the party’s central office at Naya Paltan in Dhaka, Jamiruddin said Khaleda’s health condition deteriorated over the past few days as she was not getting proper treatment at the jail and in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.
‘For inappropriate treatment, she is now suffering from various other complications such as neck problem, backbone problem and neurological problem. In addition, her anxieties and depression have increased in alarming rate,’ said Jamiruddin adding that Khaleda was facing threat of serious cardiac arrest or pneumonia.
Falling in the washroom at the jail, she also got serious injury, he said, ‘Moreover, her left shoulder and elbow joint have become insensitive.’
He criticised the home minister Asaduzzaman Khan for giving false information about Khaleda’s health conduction. ‘Her blood sugar level is very high but just to please the prime minister, he said her diabetes was under control. Such statement is akin to violating the basic rights of a convict,’ Jamiruddin said.
He also criticised the leaders of the Awami League even prime minister Sheikh Hasina for lampooning at the ailing BNP chairperson. ‘We don’t understand how come the prime minister makes such comment that she was eating payesh (dessert) in leisure. Making fun with the health condition of a respected leader is unprecedented,’ he said.
Claiming that Khaleda was a ‘patient with special care needs’, Jamiruddin said that she must be released for taking treatment under her personal consultants who knew her problems well.
BNP standing committee members Mirza Abbas, Moudud Ahmed, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Nazrul Islam Khan, among others were present at the press briefing.
Responding to a question, Abbas said that they would force the government to listen to their demands. ‘Do get worried,’ said Abbas. He also said that BNP would not request for parole for Khaleda Zia.
The party’s women’s wing Jatiyatabadi Mahila Dal and student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal also went out on separate demonstrations seeking immediate release of Khaleda Zia.
The BNP chairperson has been in jail since a special court convicted her in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8, 2018. On October 30, Khaleda was convicted in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case and sentenced to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment by a special court.
Currently, the trial proceedings in 17 cases against Khaleda are being held at a makeshift court set up in the jail.