BNP leader Mirza Fakhrul applies for bail in case over attack on CJ's residence

Mirza Fakhrul was arrested at his Gulshan residence the morning after the BNP's antigovernment protest on Oct 28

Published : 2 Nov 2023, 08:45 AM
Updated : 2 Nov 2023, 08:45 AM

BNP leader Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, currently detained in connection with a case over the vandalism of the chief justice's residence, has applied for bail in the Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court.

The petition was filed on Thursday in response to the denial of bail by the Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, according to Fakhrul's lawyer, Syed Zainul Abedin Mejbah. He expects the judge to issue a hearing date later in the day.

On Oct 29, Mirza Fakhrul was arrested at his residence in Gulshan by the Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police. The following day, he was refused bail and sent to jail.

The case filed at the Ramna Police Station revolves around the violence surrounding the BNP's antigovernment rally on Oct 28. It says that top BNP leaders and activists, along with affiliated groups, arrived from parts of Bangladesh for the rally.

Armed with an array of weapons, including sticks, iron rods, bricks, and Molotov cocktails, they congregated in front of the chief justice's residence.

The protesters, allegedly acting on instructions from senior BNP leaders, chanted anti-state slogans, and vandalised several vehicles, including buses, leading to damages amounting to around Tk 2 million.

They are accused of obstructing police duties, attempting assault with intent to harm law enforcement personnel, and detonating Molotov cocktails, causing injuries to policemen.

The BNP activists illegally entered the chief justice's residence after breaking the gate on the building's eastern side, the case documents claim. There, they allegedly pelted bricks and caused damage to various parts of the building, including the nameplate.