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Utility services to Khaleda's Gulshan office cut off
Published : Sunday, 1 February, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 61

Staff Correspondent
Utility service connections to Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia's Gulshan office in the capital were cut off on Saturday in an apparent attempt to force her to call off a crippling anti-government transport blockade.
Shamsuddin Dider, a media wing staff of the BNP Chairperson, told The Daily Observer, "The power line was cut just hours after a government minister reportedly threatened to sever the connection and force her to starve to death if she did not call off the nationwide transport blockade."
He said that the office plunged into darkness after midnight and it took about an hour for the electric generator to start and only then her house was lighted up again.
After the shutdown of power, cable, mobile networks and Internet connections were snapped, the media staff added.
Sources close to Khaleda Zia insisted that she would not leave her Gulshan office no matter what pressure the government brings on her.
When an employee of DESCO cut the power line, Khaleda Zia was awake and inquired anxiously what happened since the surrounding buildings still had power.
The generator-installed beside the garage of the two-storied building - took long time to start working properly as it was not needed to be used for a long time.
When the authorities severed the cable TV and Internet connection around 10:00 in the morning, it became quite clear to the office staff  and BNP leaders that "the government might do more" to put pressure on the BNP.
Office staff were not getting access to internet using GrameenPhone and Robi modems. Journalists covering the events failed to send their dispatches to their respective offices via Internet from in front of the Gulshan office of Khaleda Zia.
 "Though four drums of fuel have been brought, we are not sure whether the authorities would allow us later to do so in the coming days," said an insider.
The deployment of law enforcers have been reinforced since Saturday evening. Around 100 law enforcers including policewomen were seen taking position in front of the office.
Police also detained six activists of Mahila Ainjibi Dal while they were coming out of the BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's Gulshan office in the evening.












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