Several hundred BNP leaders and activists are escorting their party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s convoy to Bakshibazar court on Thursday afternoon.
The BNP men surrounded Khaleda’s vehicle defying police barrier when it reached FDC area at around 12:30 pm and started moving with the vehicle.
Police used tear gas shells to douse tension that ensued for some time near Khaleda Zia’s motorcade in Dhaka as the BNP chairperson was on her way to a graft trial verdict.
Tension mounted in Moghbazar as BNP activists came face to face with Bangladesh Chhatra League men at around 12:59 pm.
One motorcycle was torched at the scene and a cat and mouse chase took place between police and the BNP activists for a short while.
The BNP chairperson left her Gulshan residence for the court at around 11:45 am amid tight security.
The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on July 3, 2008, with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, now living in the UK, and four others of misappropriating over TK. 2.10 crore of foreign grants from a foreign bank for orphans.
Four other accused are former BNP MP Salimul Haq Kamal and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed, former principal secretary Kamal Uddin Siddique and Mominur Rahman, nephew of late President Ziaur Rahman.
Kamal Uddin Siddique and Mominur Rahman have long been fugitive.