BNP Chairperson Khaleda returned home from London amid tight security in and around Hazrat Shahjala Airport in the capital on Saturday after more than two months of stay there.
A flight of Emirates Airlines carrying the BNP chief landed at the airport at 5:10 pm. Hundreds of leaders and activists of BNP came to the airport to welcome the party chief but the law enforcers barred them from entering the area. Later, they took position at a place opposite to the airport gateway and chanted slogans for welfare and success of Khaleda Zia.
They also voiced protest against what they called government's repressive and oppressive policies and vowed to come out of the situation through movement.
Khaleda's legal adviser Khandaker Mahbub Hossain said BNP leaders and activists condemned the restriction on them to enter the airport reception area to greet their leader. "It was a naked demonstration of lack of decency," he told reporters.
Earlier, BNP sought necessary security from police authorities for its Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
The party sent the copies of a letter to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner, the deputy police commissioner of Uttara and officer-in-charge of Airport Police Station seeking adequate measures for Khaleda's security, according to a press release.
Khaleda left Heathrow airport for Bangladesh at 10:30pm (London local time) on Friday.
She went to London on September 16 on a personal tour for her eye treatment and celebration of Eid-ul-Azha there with her family members. Though it was a two-week tour, Khaleda Zia delayed her return, triggering various speculations.