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Khaleda’s Gulshan office locked

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Staff Reporter Amid contradictory remarks of the ruling party leaders about Khaleda Zia’s confinement, police finally locked the main gate of the BNP chief’s Gulshan office on Monday. BNP’s media wing member Syrul Kabir Khan said the law enforcers locked the main gate of the office around 12:15. Police have cordoned off the office from all sides, particularly the main gate, and no one has been allowed to enter or leave it since this morning, he added. However, Khaleda Zia is expected to try to come out of the office from 2pm to 3 pm for attending the BNP-led 20-party’s rally defying all the restrictive measures by the administration in this regard, he said. Meanwhile, police foiled two processions brought out by 20-party activists in the capital’s Kuril area around 11am and 11:40am by firing shots in the air. Police stopped 20-party backed lawyers and charged batons on them as they tried to bring out a procession at the High Court’s Mazar Gate. Later, agitated lawyers vandalized the car of Justice Farid Uddin. Till filing of this report, a tense atmosphere prevailed on the court campus as the law enforcers locked the main gate of the Supreme Court when lawyers gathered near the main gate of the Supreme Court carrying black flags. Police also cordoned off BNP’s Naya Paltan office, which they locked on Saturday night. In a drive in Ramna area in the morning, police arrested 25 people on suspicion that they might be involved in planning to carry out subversive acts. Tension rose before the first anniversary of the 10th parliamentary elections as BNP remained firm on its stance to hold its rally in the capital on Monday, defying all the restrictive measures by the administration. Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) imposed a ban on all sorts of rally in the capital for an indefinite period since Sunday afternoon, while police forces have been deployed at important points, including around BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan political office, leading to her virtual confinement. In some areas of the capital, police personnel went on a rampant frisking of the city dwellers and the Dhaka-bound buses and trucks from other districts were also barred from entering the city. Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) have also been deployed in the city to help maintain the law and order.