Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday said that the health condition of jailed ailing party chairperson Khaleda Zia was ‘very critical’.

He said this after placing wreaths at the grave of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman at Sher-e-banglanagar in Dhaka marking the 41st founding anniversary of Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal.

‘Begum Zia’s health condition is not just bad but rather “very critical”,’ he said.

Khaleda Zia would decide about the place where she would get treatment after getting bail, he said.

‘Khaleda Zia’s life is now on threat. She went to jail in good health. But now she cannot get up from her bed. She herself cannot eat or walk. She is not getting proper treatment at the hospital where she is kept,’ Fakhrul alleged.

Fakhrul’s comment came two days after Khaleda’s relatives, who met her at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University hospital, said that her health condition was worsening day by day and demanded her release on bail for better treatment abroad.

Khaleda has been in jail since February 8, 2018 when she was convicted by a Dhaka special court in a graft case that BNP terms false and fabricated.

She was admitted to the BSMMU hospital on April 1.

Fakhrul, on the occasion of Juba Dal’s founding anniversary, greeted the countrymen and said Juba Dal was a patriotic organisation and was founded to bring out the country’s future leaders.

BNP leaders Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal and Barkat Ullah Bulu and Juba Dal president Saiful Alam Nirob and general secretary Sultan Salauddin Tuku, among others, were present.

Leaders and activists of the organisation in cities, districts and upazilas across the country held rallies and processions to mark the day and called on the government to release Khaleda immediately for her proper treatment.

The police, however, foiled two Juba Dal processions in Narayanganj city – one organised by district unit and the other by city unit – charging batons that injured at least 10 leaders and activists at the ciity’s Mandalpara and Chashara areas.

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