Tuesday 27, September 2022

Sheikh Hasina’s imprisonment day observed

News Desk: The imprisonment day of Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina was observed on Saturday in the capital and elsewhere across the country amid holding different programmes and maintaining health guidelines and social distancing.

On the occasion, the Bangladesh Awami League, its associate bodies, and like-minded socio-cultural organisations arranged the day with various programmes, including special dua, milad mahfil, and discussions, according to reports reached in Dhaka in the evening.

The Dhaka city north and south units of the ruling Awami League organised a discussion at the Bangabandhu Avenue’s Awami League central office on the occasion.

The AL general secretary and road transport and bridges minister, Obaidul Quader, MP, spoke as chief guest with Dhaka south city unit of AL president, Abu Ahmed Mannafi, in the chair.

The party presidium members Begum Matia Chowdhury and Kamrul Islam, joint general secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Dipu Moni, and AFM Bahauddin Nasim, organising secretary Mirza Azam, Dhaka north city unit of AL president Sheikh Bazlur Rahman, and Dhaka south city AL general secretary, among others, also spoke there.

Marking Sheikh Hasina’s imprisonment day, the Bangladesh Awami Swechasebak League organised a discussion at the Dhanmondi Kalabagan Sports Complex (Krirachakra) Auditorium, where dua was offered, wishing her (Sheikh Hasina’s) sound health and long life.

Awami League joint general secretary and agriculturist, AFM Bahauddin Nashim, was present as chief guest on the occasion.

AL organising secretary, Afzal Hussain, acting president of the organisation, Gazi Mezbaul Hossain Sacchu, and organisation’s general secretary, Afzalur Rahman Babu, also spoke there.

Meanwhile, the Awami Juba League organised milad and dua mahfil at Bangabandhu Avenue for the long life and sound health of Sheikh Hasina.

On the occasion, JL general secretary Mainul Hossain Khan Nikhil, along with central and city JL leaders, was present.

Sheikh Hasina was arrested from her Sudha Sadan residence in the capital’s Dhanmondi area early in the morning on July 16, 2007, during the military-backed caretaker government, which took over the office in the political changeover of 1/11 in 2007.

The Awami League and its associate bodies observe the day as the ‘Imprisonment Day of Sheikh Hasina’. They have taken various programmes, including discussions, milad, and dua mahfils, to mark the day.

AL president Sheikh Hasina was released on June 11, 2008, from the special sub-jail set up on the Jatiya Sangsad (parliament) building premises after remaining captive there for nearly 11 months.

As she fell sick during her confinement, a strong protest or demand was raised then from different quarters, including the Awami League and its associate bodies, to send her abroad for better medical treatment after releasing her from jail.

Conceding to the people’s spontaneous and repeated demands and pressure from different quarters, the caretaker government was compelled to release Sheikh Hasina from jail.

The day after his release, she had to fly to the United States for better treatment. Sheikh Hasina returned home on November 6, 2008, after treatment. Subsequently, she was granted permanent bail.

After winning the national election on December 29, 2008, a grand alliance government led by the Bangladesh Awami League was formed on January 6, 2009.

Sheikh Hasina became prime minister for the second time.


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