Bangladeshi students march towards president's house

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Dhaka, July 27 : Hundreds of students of Bangladesh Chatra Dal, the students wing of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) of former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia on Sunday marched towards the president house to handover a charter of demand to the president, demanding the unconditional release of their detained leader and her son Tareq Zia.

Police near the president house stopped about 1,500 student of the Chatra Dal's march. Students shouted slogans near the police barricades, for the release of their party leaders.

Former Prime Minster of Bangladesh Begum Khaleda Zia was arrested for alleged corruption on September 2007. Khaleda Zia's elder son Tareq Rahman and younger son Arafat Rahman were also arrested.

Tareq Rahman was released on an eight-week parole for medical treatment.

Arafat, a businessman, was arrested with his mother in September last year, five months after his elder brother Tareque Rahman was detained.

They along with more than 170 key political figures including paroled former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, have been held for alleged corruption and are facing trials by special courts under emergency power rules.

Arafat along with wife and two daughters left Dhaka for Bangkok Saturday afternoon, to get treatment for his acute asthma, immigration officials and BNP leaders said.

The army-back interim government that has been running the country since January last year has pledged to clean up politics before an election it has promised to hold by the end of the year.

ANI

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