Govt awaits court order to arrest Khaleda Zia: Asaduzzaman

The government is waiting for court orders to arrest Khaleda Zia even though the BNP chief has been charged with instigating violence and acts of sabotages amid a violent transport blockade.
State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told reporters this on Sunday after meeting Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha.
Asked whether the government had any plans to detain the former prime minister, Kamal said, “How does the question of arrest come?”“We’ll arrest her only after orders from a court. The question does not arise now.”
The government has been blaming Khaleda who called the indefinite blockade on Jan 5 for all the violence that have occurred since.
Recently she was accused in a number of cases filed by police over arson attacks in Dhaka and Comilla.
BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and several other senior party leaders have already been arrested in cases over blockade and shutdown-related violence.
Responding to queries, the junior home minister said he made a ‘courtesy call’ on the chief justice.
He said the chief justice had asked for better security arrangements for the Supreme Court. –