Dhaka: A security restriction barring some visitors from entering ex-prime minister Khaleda Zia`s cantonment residence on Eid sparked protests in the opposition camp with her Bangladesh Nationalist Party calling it an "undemocratic and undesirable" decision.
"Such behaviour of the government on the holy Eid-ul-Fitr day exposed its narrow-mindedness and undemocratic character," said a statement issued by the BNP here yesterday.
Zia`s personal staff and BNP sources said the security personnel refused entry to some 50 distinguished people, including ex-bureaucrats and businessmen, at her residence at
the protected garrison area as they came to greet her on the occasion of the Islamic festival on Monday.
They said the security personnel on duty at the gate told the visitors that there was an instruction from the higher authority restricting entry into the house and asked
them to obtain the government permission to see her.
Zia`s relatives and personal officials and staff members, however, were allowed the entry.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina`s Awami League-led government earlier asked Zia to vacate the posh residence on an area of 2.72 acres of land at the Dhaka Cantonment, which she was allotted 28 years ago under a controversial lease agreement.