A Dhaka court has sent BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir to jail, rejecting his bail plea over an attack on Chief Justice Obaidul Hassan’s residence amid violent clashes with police during the party’s Naya Paltan rally.
Metropolitan Magistrate Shafiuddin passed the order after hearing the plea on Sunday night.
Police did not seek the BNP leader’s custody for questioning.
His lawyers also sought first division status for Mirza Fakhrul and his treatment in jail.
The judge ordered the prison authorities to take steps in this regard following the jail code.
The Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police detained Fakhrul at his home in Gulshan on Sunday morning and took him to their office for questioning.
They drove him to court around 8 pm. DMP spokesman Faruque Hossain said the BNP leader was arrested in a case started with the Ramna police over the attack on the chief justice’s house.
On Saturday, clashes between Awami League and BNP activists started at Kakrail during duelling rallies by the two main political camps of Bangladesh.
A group of men vandalised the chief justice’s home as police-BNP clashes spread to other areas.
The BNP halted the rally after police started firing tear gas. Fakhrul announced a nationwide general strike for Sunday at that time.
On Sunday evening, the BNP announced a nationwide blockade for three days, starting on Tuesday, in protest against the arrests of Fakhrul and other leaders and activists over Saturday’s violence.