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Oppn to lay siege to PMO in Bangladesh today

Written by: Staff

Dhaka, Sep 12: The Awami League-led 14-party combined opposition has decided to lay their planned siege to the Prime Minister's secretariat for two hours today, defying a ban slapped on gathering around the PMO.

Meanwhile, being informed of the Opposition's decision to besiege the PMO in defiance of the ban imposed by the police administration, the government has instructed the law-enforcing agencies to maintain peace in the Capital ''at any cost'', quoting competent sources UNB said.

A 13,000-strong force drawn from different agencies, including the paramilitary BDR and Armed Police Battalion (APB), has been deployed to build a security bulwark around the Prime Minister's Office at Tejgaon.

The mainstream Opposition lineup has planned to keep the PMO hemmed in from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (local time) as part of their latest round of movement for electoral reforms before the forthcoming general election.

After a preparatory meeting of the alliance yesterday, AL leader Tofail Ahmed again warned that a ''non-stop hartal'' would be enforced from the day caretaker government would take over if the ruling coalition handed over power to the interim government headed by Justice K M Hasan before implementing their electoral reform proposals.

Mr Ahmed told the reporters that they would continue their peaceful programme ''defying'' government ban.


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