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Around 350 BNP leaders, activists held after JOF rally
Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court judges sent more than 350 leaders and activities of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party to jail in Dhaka after they were placed before the court by cops on Wednesday.
The activists were picked up from different places in the capital following a rally of Jatiya Oikya Front at Suhrawardy Udyan on Tuesday.
The judges sent the arrested to police custody to be interrogated for two to three days, though cops pleaded for seven to five days to question the arrested, who were shown arrested in a couple of cases pertaining to vandalism or to steps that prevented cops from performing their duties.
Some, however, were also arrested under Special Powers Act.
Among the arrested, seven were arrested by the Ramna police, seven by the Shahbagh police, four by the Gulshan police, 12 0by the Badda police, 10 by the Bhatara police, 41 by the Tejgaon police, 16 by the Mohammadpur police, eight by the Chwakbazar police, five by the Hazaribagh police, 11 by the Kotwali police, 22 by the Wari police, 10 by the Paltan police, eight by the Rampura police, 16 by the Motijheel police, 15 by the Shajahanpur police, four by the Biman Bandar police, 17 by the Jatrabari police, seven by the Demra police, 18 by the Shyampur and the Kadamtali police stations, 13 by the Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police, 10 by the Dhanmondi police, 11 by the Lalbagh police and seven by the Kamrangirchar police, according to official data.
There were some other people, who were arrested by several other police stations, but details on them could not be known immediately.
Defence lawyer Mesbah Uddin told BDchronicle that around 350 leaders and activist were arrested in different cases.
BNP on Tuesday complained that over 800 leaders and activists of the party were detained by the cops in past two days ahead of their rally.
BNP raised its demand to scrap all cases filed against its leaders and activists, who were reportedly implicated in different cases.