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
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
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
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)