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Sheikh Hasina’s release day from prison observed

DHAKA, The 11th anniversary of Awami League President

and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's release from prison was observed today.

On this day in 2008, Sheikh Hasina was released from the special subjail

set up on the premises of the Jatiya Sangsad (Parliament) Building after

remaining captive there for nearly 11 months.

The Awami League president was arrested from her Sudha Sadan residence at

Dhanmondi on July 16, 2007 during the militarybacked caretaker government,

which assumed power in the political changeover of 1/11 in 2007.

As Sheikh Hasina fell sick during her captivity, demands were raised then

from different quarters including the Awami League and its associate bodies

to send her abroad for better medical treatment after releasing her from

jail.

Conceding to the people's spontaneous and repeated demands and pressure

from different quarters, the caretaker government was compelled to release

Sheikh Hasina from jail.

In the national election of December 29 in 2008, the Awami Leagueled grand

alliance registered a landslide victory with a twothirds majority in the

Jatiya Sangsad (Parliament) and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina became

the Prime Minister for the second term.

Marking the day, the leaders of Awami League and its associate bodies

greeted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by presenting her with bouquets at her

official Ganabhaban residence here this afternoon.

Senior AL leaders first greeted Sheikh Hasina by handing over a bouquet to

her followed by the leaders of associate organisations of the party.

The senior AL leaders included Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Engineer

Mosharraf Hossain, Begum Matia Chowdhury, Obaidul Quader, Advocate Sahara

Khatun and Abdul Matin Khashru.

Besides, Dr Dipu Moni, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Dr Hasan Mahmud, BM Mozammel

Haque, AFM Bahauddin Nasim, AKM Enamul Haque Shamim, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury,

Barrister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel, SM Rezaul Karim, Dr Abdus Sobhan

Golap, Habibur Rahman Siraj, Mirza Azam, Advocate Quamrul Islam, Barrister

Biplab Barua and Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokan were

present.

Later, leaders of Dhaka North City AL, Dhaka South City AL, Awami Jubo

League, Chhatra League, Sechchasebak League, Jatiya Sramik League, Krishak

League, Mohila Awami League, Jubo Mohila League and Bangabandhu Awami Ainjibi

Parishad greeted the prime minister by presenting her with bouquets

separately.

Senior officials of the Prime Minister's Office led by Principal Secretary

Md Nojibur Rahman and PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hassan also greeted the premier

by handing over a bouquet.

Awami Swechchhasebak League arranged a discussion at Institution of

Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) auditorium here marking the day.

Awami League Presidium Member and central 14party spokesman Mohammed

Nasim addressed the function as the chief guest.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)