Bangladesh deputy opposition leader arrested: Police

Bangladesh police on Tuesday arrested the deputy leader of the country`s main opposition party over accusations that he incited a series of violent protests by supporters, a senior officer said.

AFP| Last Updated: Jan 06, 2015, 16:56 PM IST

Dhaka: Bangladesh police on Tuesday arrested the deputy leader of the country`s main opposition party over accusations that he incited a series of violent protests by supporters, a senior officer said.

Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, secretary general of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was arrested on charges of arson, bombings and vandalism, Shiblee Noman, assistant commissioner of Dhaka police, told AFP.

Alamgir had been holed up in the national press club since Monday but was arrested as he tried to get into his car and drive away from the building, according to an AFP journalist at the scene.

His detention came after a minister warned that BNP leader Khaleda Zia, currently confined to her office, could face murder charges over an arson attack by BNP supporters which left three people fighting for their lives.

Minutes before his arrest, Alamgir had denounced Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina`s government for turning the country into a vast "prison", and renewed calls to enforce a nationwide transport blockade.

Police have virtually sealed off all the exit gates of the press club in central Dhaka since Monday afternoon after Alamgir spoke at a rally of a group of journalists, lawyers and other professionals.