Action will be taken against BNP as per the country’s law if they hold their rally in Nayapaltan on December 10, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Khandaker Golam Faruq said on Monday.
“BNP sought permission to hold their December 10 rally at Nayapaltan but we provided permission for Suhrawardy Udyan,” he said while talking to UNB.
Replying to a question about other venue options, the DMP chief said as an alternative to Suhrawardy Udyan, the field in Pallabi, Kalshi and Ijtema ground can be the rally venue. “In that case, we’ll consider it.”
On November 29, DMP permitted BNP to hold its rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka on December 10 on 26 conditions.
A notification was issued in this regard from the DMP headquarters, signed by Deputy Police Commissioner (Headquarters and Admin) Abdul Momen, on behalf of the DMP commissioner.
Following BNP’s application, DMP permitted the party to hold the rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in Shahbagh instead of Nayapaltan, as it may cause traffic jam and public suffering.
BNP can hold the rally at the venue from 12pm to 4:30pm on December 10, according to the notification.
BNP has 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, it said.
Anti-state activities and statements at the rally venue are prohibited, read the conditions.
On Sunday, a five-member delegation of BNP met DMP Commissioner Khandker Golam Faruq around 4pm and urged him to either allow their party to have the programme in front of their Nayapaltan central office or any venue other than Suhrawardy Udyan.