Dhaka, June 11 (bdnews24.com) – Two leaders of the opposition BNP, sent to jail in cases over violence during a general strike, were released on Monday night on bail.
"Following the court's order, BNP Organising Secretary Fazlul Haque Milon was released at 9:10pm from Dhaka Central Jail and Standing Committee member Mirza Abbas was released at 9:30pm from BIRDEM hospital," Jailer Mahbubul Islam told bdnews24.com.
They were released on Monday night though the High Court had granted them bail on Thursday.
Mirza Abbas's Personal Assistant Sohel told bdnews24.com that Abbas would stay in the hospital for the night. "He will go home in the morning [Tuesday]."
Two crude bombs had exploded inside the Secretariat and a bus was torched in front of the Prime Minister's Office in the capital on Apr 29 during an opposition-sponsored countrywide dawn-to-dusk shutdown called to protest alleged abduction of BNP leader M Ilias Ali, one of the BNP organising secretaries.
Shahbagh and Tejgaon police had lodged two separate cases against a number of opposition leaders and activists alleging their involvement.
The opposition leaders accused of exploding bombs at the Secretariat secured anticipatory bail from the High Court on May 14 until submission of chargesheet in the case, but they were denied bail and sent to jail in the vehicle-torching case on May 16.
Later, 35 senior opposition leaders including Mirza Abbas and Fazlul Haque Milon got bail from the High Court in the arson case.
After the investigation officer submitted the chargesheet in the blasts case on May 31, the Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court of Dhaka fixed July 26 to give a decision on whether it would accept the charges.
Some BNP leaders including party's Acting Secretary-General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir is in Kashimpur Jail.
On May 26, the High Court had granted six weeks' interim bail to five 18-Party Alliance MPs accused in the same case.
After the High Court on June 7 granted bail to Fakhrul and 28 other leaders in the arson case, the prosecution had warrants issued against them that requires jail authorities to produce them before the court in the bomb blasts case.
Lawyers for the opposition leaders on Sunday moved court for withdrawal of warrants to produce them before court in the case. Several petitions were pressed in the Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge's court.
Senior Special Metropolitan Tribunal's Judge Mohammed Akhteruzzaman will hold further hearing on the appeals on Thursday.