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Friday, 05 September 2008

Hundreds of BNP supporters thronged the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman hospital and its fringes at Shahbagh in the city on Wednesday to cheer the imminent release of senior joint secretary general Tarique Rahman, reports

Chief political correspondent Suman Mahmud said from the scene that services at the hospital appeared to be on the verge of collapse as BNP supporters flocked to the hospital and nearby areas on the news that Tarique was to be released sometime in the afternoon.
The rush caused sufferings to the patients and disrupted treatment, Mahmud quoted a BSMMU doctor as saying.
"There's little space to move. We're having great difficulty," said the doctor, who preferred not to be named.
A significant number of enthusiastic people also joined them. They were chanting slogans for the release of Tarique and Khaleda.
An angry mob of supporters assaulted 'reformist' leader and former state minister for education Ehsanul Haque Milon, leaving him bloody. Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal general secretary Moazzem Hossain Alal and police saved him.
Other pro-reforms leaders fled the scene in a hurry seeing the fate of Milon, Mahmud reported.
Earlier on Tuesday, Tarique's wife Zobaida Rahman and other visitors visited him at Hospital.
The inspector general of prisons had told Tuesday that almost all necessary papers for executing the release had reached his office.
"We are only awaiting the last remaining document now, which may be sent to us any time today (Tuesday).
"It is possible that Tarique Rahman will be released today provided the last bit of paper work is complete and it reaches us," Gen Hasan said Tuesday morning.
Tarique was arrested on March 8 last year, and is currently under treatment in a prisons cell at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital.
As many as 16 cases have been filed against Tarique; one of them involving Daily Dinkal has been disposed of, while he has secured bail in 12 on-trial cases.
Authorities are yet to press charges in three other cases.
The High Court on August 25 granted him six months' interim bail in a Tk 1 crore extortion case and on August 26, another four months' bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.
Tarique got bail in five cases on August 27, of which three involved extortion charges, one on income tax dodge and another on illegally acquired assets.
On August 28, when the Supreme Court granted him bail in the case involving the suppression of Sabbir murder for which Tarique allegedly took huge sums of money, he got bails in all the 12 cases against him.

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