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    Politicians barred from visiting Khaleda Zia's residence

    Dhaka, April 11 (PTI): Authorities in emergency-ruled Bangladesh have restricted fellow politicians from visiting former Prime Minister and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief Khaleda Zia's residence inside the Dhaka Cantonment.

    The restriction was imposed since early on Monday as "she used to hold meetings with party leaders in the name of family functions" at her residence despite the ban on political activities under the emergency rule, the mass circulated 'Prothom Alo' newspaper reported quoting unidentified sources.

    Other than personal aides or domestic helps, none were allowed to enter into the residence since yesterday while security officials told the daily that they also conveyed the decision to residents of the house where Zia lives with her younger son Arafat Rahman and two daughter-in-laws.

    Party officials said they were yet to be informed "officially" about the restriction but the newspaper quoting unnamed sources claimed that the decision was taken to force her to go abroad leaving the country for an indefinite period.

    Zia's elder son Tarique Rahman is currently in jail on several graft or extortion charges since his arrest from the residence last month.

    The report came a day after her archrival former premier and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina, now on a visit to the United States, was sued under a graft charge involving Taka three crore (local currency).


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