Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has given permission to BNP for holding its Dhaka divisional rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on December 10 on 26 conditions.
A notification signed by Deputy Police Commissioner (Headquarters and Admin) Abdul Momen was issued on Tuesday on behalf of the DMP commissioner.
Following BNP’s application, the DMP permitted the party to hold its rally at Suhrawardy Udyan instead of Nayapaltan it sought for the rally as it may cause traffic jam and public sufferings, according to the notification.
As per the conditions, BNP can hold the rally at the venue from 12pm to 4:30pm on December 10. It will have to seek permission from the authorities concerned for using the venue, mentioning the 26 conditions, as only DMP permission is not enough for this purpose.
Anti-state activities and statements at the rally venue are prohibited, read the conditions.
Besides, no propaganda or leaflet distribution will be allowed, and no procession can be brought out from the venue. All security measures, including installing CCTV cameras, vehicle scanners and metal detectors at the venue should be taken by the party.
An adequate number of volunteers (with visible ID cards) should be deployed at the venue under the party’s own management.
All activities of the rally should be kept inside the venue and completed by the timeframe.
If BNP fails to comply with any of the conditions, the permission will be cancelled immediately, DMP said in the notification.
Rizvi said that they received the DMP's letter regarding the permission. “But we’ll arrange the rally in front of our party office at Nayapaltan.”
“We didn’t seek permission for holding our rally at Suhrawardy Udyan. Rather, we sought Nayapaltan for our programme,” Dhaka South city BNP convener Abdus Salam told the Daily Sun.
He said the party will discuss the issue in its meeting and they will inform their decision about the rally later.
“We’re still determined to hold our rally at Nayapaltan. We aren’t thinking of any other place for the rally,” BNP Joint Secretary General Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal said.
BNP sources said the party standing committee will sit in a meeting soon to take the final decision.
Meanwhile, some central leaders are in favour of holding the public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan instead of staying rigid on Nayapaltan to avoid any confrontation with the government.
Earlier on November 15, a BNP delegation met DMP Commissioner Khandker Golam Faruq and sought permission for holding their much-talked-about Dhaka rally in front of the party’s Nayapaltan central office on December 10.
As part of their ongoing movement, BNP on September 27 announced a series of public rallies in 10 divisional cities to denounce the price hike of daily essentials and fuel, the death of five party men in previous police action in Bhola, Narayanganj, Munshiganj and Jashore, and press for the demand for restoring the caretaker government system and permanent release of their Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
BNP has already arranged rallies in Chattogram, Mymensingh, Khulna, Rangpur, Barishal, Faridpur, Sylhet and Cumilla.
It will conclude the divisional rallies through a mass gathering in Dhaka city on December 10.