Mat­ter of of­fice

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The

lead­ers and ac­tivists of the Bangladesh Na­tional Party were al­lowed to en­ter the party's cen­tral of­fice in Dhaka af­ter a 47-day shut­down. The As­sis­tant Of­fice Sec­re­tary of the BNP, Ab­dul Latif Jony, unlocked the of­fice which was closed fol­low­ing the ar­rest of a top BNP leader. The de­vel­op­ment took place a day af­ter the BNP Chief, Khaleda Zia called upon the govern­ment to free its party of­fice and al­low work­ers to carry out their po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties.

In an un­prece­dented raid on Novem­ber 30, 2013, the po­lice had ar­rested BNP Joint Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Rizvi Ahmed, who had been stay­ing in­side the of­fice for over a month. Since then, the po­lice had not al­lowed any BNP men to en­ter the premises and the of­fice was cor­doned off by law en­forcers, forc­ing the BNP lead­ers to carry out their work from “un­der­ground”.

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