The Awami League-led grand alliance held its mass rally on a busy road in front of the Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh yesterday without taking the necessary permission from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).
Earlier, the government on more than one occasion had refused to allow the BNP and its ally Jamaat-e-Islami to hold rallies in the city thoroughfares. Of late, police have also foiled several opposition processions on the ground that they had not obtained permission for the rallies from the DMP.
Sources in the police department confirmed to The Daily Star that the ruling alliance did not even seek permission for the rally. Members of the grand alliance acknowledged as much, but would not talk on the record.
Contacted for comments last night, police officers and alliance members pointed at one another without giving any specific explanation on their own.
Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, AL city unit general secretary, said he had no knowledge about taking permission for the rally.
“Central members of the party can talk about it,” he said.
Asked, a top AL leader on condition of anonymity said, “I don't know anything about it.”
Habibur Rahman, deputy commissioner (HQ), and Krishna Pada Roy, deputy commissioner (Ramna), said they were unaware as to whether or not the grand alliance had taken permission to hold the rally.
While Krishna suggested that the office of the DMP commissioner be contacted on the matter, Habib said, “It was the deputy commissioner of Ramna who should know this."