Police have foiled BNP's black flag showing programme in front of its Nayapaltan central office protesting the denial of permission to hold a rally in the city.
When BNP leaders and activists tried to gather in front of their central office at 9:30 am on Saturday police chased them and arrested 20 of them in cluding Moazzem Hossain Alal, joint secretary general of BNP.
They also damaged a makeshift stage built in front of the party office to stage their protests.
Police used water cannons, charged baton on the BNP activists to disperse them, leaving two of its leaders-Chairperson's advisor Ataur Rahman Dhali and organizing secretary Fazlul Haq Milon-injured. They were rushed to hospital.
At one stage, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Moudud Ahmed and Nazrul Islam Khan left the place and entered the party office.
Huge law enforcers were seen deployed in front of the BNP's central office.
DMP Motijheel Zone ADC Shibli Noman said, " Showing black flag occupying city road is not a peaceful programme. They did not take any prior permission for arranging such programme. We can't allow programmes that disrupt public life,"
BNP on February 22 announced the programme protesting the denial of permission for its planned rally on Thursday demanding the release of party chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.
"We'd sought police permission to organise a public rally on February 22 either at Suhrawardy Udyan or in front of our Nayapaltan office. We'd also taken all necessary preparations. But the police didn't give us permission," said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a press conference at the party's Nayapaltan central office on Wednesday.
On February 8 last, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was sent to jail after a special court sentenced her to five years' rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.