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Khaleda treated as ordinary prisoner: BNP

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The BNP on Friday said with disappointment that their Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia was not given the division status she deserved as per the jail code.
"Our party Chief and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is being treated as ordinary prisoner in the jail. We are shocked to learn through newspaper reports," said BNP Senior Joint-Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi while addressing a press briefing at
 the party's Nayapaltan central office in the city.
Rizvi criticized Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's remarks on Khaleda Zia's verdict.
"Prime Minister yesterday mentioned: Where is she (Khaleda Zia) today? The Prime Minister showed her vanity by saying this. It was one kind of arrogance," Rizvi said.
"The people of Bangladesh want to know when you (government) will stop taking of political revenge on Khaleda Zia," the BNP leader questioned.
He said the government is pushing the country towards a state of uncertainty riding on political vengeance.
He warned that the people would not tolerate the government's threats and repressions for long.
Labeling the verdict against Khaleda Zia politically motivated, Rizvi said, "The Ministers, MPs and the ruling party leaders had been murmuring for about last two years that Khaleda Zia would have to go to jail. The Thursday's verdict was written long ago to reflect the vengeance of the ruling party."
Rizvi said many political parties, common people and many international organisations, including the United Nations and Human Right Watch, voiced concern at the verdict.
"The government used not only the court, but also all the state machinery for such a verdict against Khaleda Zia and BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman," he said.

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