Rally at Nayapaltan: Opposition

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The 18-party opposition combine decided to hold a rally at Nayapaltan in the capital tomorrow though police allocated Suhrawardy Uddyan for the rally.

“We will hold the rally at Nayapaltan at any cost and we have informed it to the DMP,” BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told The Daily Star.

The 18-party opposition combine has got permission to hold a rally in the capital tomorrow on certain conditions.

Though the opposition sought permission to hold the rally in front of BNP headquarters at Nayapaltan, police authorities asked them to hold it at Suhrawardy Uddyan.

Police gave opposition the permission for the rally with 13 conditions attached that include ending the rally within 5:00pm, participants can start gathering at the venue before two hours of the rally and the rally should be ended within 17:00pm and using loudspeakers within the venue.

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) notified BNP, the key constituent of the opposition alliance, around 5:30pm today.

Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner at DMP media wing, confirmed The Daily Star about the permission.

“We have informed the BNP leaders over phone that the permission has been granted on certain conditions,” he said.

On information, a delegation of the BNP, which includes Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque and Barkatullah Bulu, went to DMP headquarters to ask police authorities to reconsider their decision and allow them to hold the rally at Nayapaltan.

Earlier in the day, BNP leader Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed said BNP-led 18-party opposition bloc will hold its Friday’s rally in front of Nayapaltan office in the capital at any cost.

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police imposed an indefinite ban on political meetings, rallies, human chains, demonstrations, sit-ins and processions in the capital from 6:00am Sunday.

On Wednesday, terming the ban on rally “unconstitutional” and “undemocratic”, the 18-party combine urged the authorities to withdraw it immediately to create a congenial atmosphere for talks to solve the prevailing political impasse.

Besides, the authorities today slapped similar ban in Khulna city, in an area of Barisal city and Bogra and Dinajpur municipality areas as the ruling Awami League and main opposition BNP planned meetings at the same venue for October 25.

CONDITIONS

1.    The activities including using of microphones should be restricted to Suhrawardy Uddyan premises.

2.    Security persons should be deployed to ensure the security.

3.    Microphones or loudspeakers can not be used outside Suhrawardy Uddyan premises or in the road or beside the road.

4.    People can not be gathered outside Suhrawardy Uddyan and in adjacent roads and footpaths.

5.    The stage should be built at specific place; the stage can not be used for any other activity other than rally.

6.    Any construction or tree inside the venue can not be destroyed.

7.    People can start gathering at the venue 2 hours before the rally and the rally should end within 5:00pm.

8.    People can not gather on adjacent roads of the venue after the time limit and can not create any obstacle for the vehicular movement. No rally will be permitted to be held at the place in the future if the conditions are not followed.

9.    Any activity that hampers the law, public rights, security or goes against the state can not take place during the rally.

10.    It is forbidden to carry sticks, rods, machete or locally made weapon with festoons, banners.

11.    Participants can not come to the venue in processions.

12.    The permission will be canceled for any violation of the conditions.

13.    For public interest, the authority can cancel the order without showing any cause.

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