The party’s Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed announced the
shutdown at the party headquarters at Naya Paltan.
It said vehicles
carrying medicine, dead bodies and newspaper and ambulances would remain out of
the purview of shutdown.
Earlier, three Dhaka courts refused bail to top
BNP leaders including its acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul and Moudud
Ahmed in several cases and ordered them into jail after they had turned
Two of the three cases were filed at Paltan Police Station
and the other with Shahjahanpur police over clashes, vandalism and torching of
vehicles on Mar 2.
The other leaders who landed in jail include Goyeshar
Chandra Roy, Abdullah Al Noman, Amanullah Aman, Shahid Uddin Choudhury Annee and
Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal President Moazzem Hossain Alal.
Hifazat-e Islam called a nationwide shutdown for Monday, BNP, however, has not
lent support to that.
Ahmed said, “Our backs are against the wall. All of
the top party leaders except myself are already behind bars.”
Joint Secretaries General, only Ahmed and Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon are yet
to be arrested.
“The government is trying to purge politics of opposition
in this way.”
Over enforcing shutdowns amid the ongoing Higher Secondary
Certificate (HSC) examinations, he said,” We have called the 36-hour shutdown
only after being left without no other option.”
vehicles were torched at different places in the capital as soon as the shutdown
was called on Sunday. Police have blamed shutdown supporters for these
The BNP-led 18-Party alliance enforced shutdowns on Mar 12,
18, 27 and 28 demanding release of their leaders detained in Mar 11 police raid
on their party headquarters. The eight leaders have been sent to jail before
release of those leaders.
The demands for which the shutdowns are being
called include withdrawal of ‘false’ cases against their party leaders and
activists, an end to ‘genocide’, staging the next general strike under a
non-partisan caretaker government and resignation of the Awami League-led
BNP leaders said Chairperson Khaleda Zia decided to enforce
the shutdown on Monday during a meeting with Standing Committee members on
They said they were waiting for the court
The BNP has been accusing the government of influencing the