Fakhrul out on bail after 54 days

BNP Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir was released from the Kashimpur Jail in Gazipur on Tuesday afternoon – a day after the High Court granted him bail for six months in the last and the sixth arson case filed against him.

The BNP leader languished in jail for 54 days in the arson cases.

The High Court on Monday granted bail to Fakhrul in the last and the sixth case filed at the Kalabagan Police Station in connection with vandalism during the countrywide road blockade enforced by the BNP-led 18-Party Alliance on Dec 9 last year.

Senior Jail Superintendent Jahangir Kabir told bdnews24.com, “The BNP Acting Secretary General was released from the jail at 5:30pm after we received a copy of the High Court order.”

The BNP leader’s wife Rahat Ara Begum greeted him with flowers at the main gate of the jail.

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Advisor Prof MA Mannan, Organising Secretary and President of the party’s Gazipur district unit Fazlul Haque Milon, and other BNP leaders also greeted Fakhrul outside the jail gate.

Hundreds of BNP leaders and activists had gathered at different points stretching some two kilometres from the Kashimpur Jail to Gazipur Konabari area since noon awaiting Fakhrul’s release.

Fakhrul had earlier secured bail in the five other cases filed over vandalism during their agitation programme on Dec 9 last year.

Police filed the cases on Dec 9 last year on charge of vandalising vehicles and preventing police from discharging their duties during the countrywide road blockade enforced by the BNP-led 18-Party Alliance.

On Dec 10, Fakhrul was detained in connection with two cases for damaging a city corporation garbage truck in Naya Paltan and cocktail detonation at Indira Road in Rajabazar of the capital during the countrywide road blockade programme the previous day.

On Jan 27, the High Court directed the government not to arrest and harass the BNP Acting Secretary General in any new case without conforming to the due course of law for a period of two months. Bdnews24.com

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