The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has decided to stand beside its arrested leaders and activists alongside carrying out a peaceful movement demanding its chairperson Khaleda Zia's release from jail.
Standing committee member of BNP Nazrul Islam Khan came up with the announcement Sunday at a programme at the party's Nayapaltan central office.
Jatiyatabadi Samajik Sangskritik Sangstha (JASAS) arranged the programme launching its signature collection drive demanding Khaleda's release.
"A countrywide mass signature collection drive is going on seeking the release of our leader (Khaleda). Alongside it, we've decided to stand beside our colleagues who were arrested by police," Nazrul said.
He said they have started visiting the houses of their arrested leaders and showing sympathy to their family members.
UNB said the BNP leader alleged that the government convicted their chairperson in a 'false and fabricated' case only out of its political vengeance.
He said the government is still showing its vindictive attitude towards Khaleda even after sending her to jail as it is not providing the certified copy of the verdict against her.
The BNP leader said Khaleda has now become the 'mother' of the country's majority people and a revered person to them after she was sent to jail 'unfairly'.