NEW DELHI, July 16 (KUNA) -- Massive protests were reportedly staged in Bangladesh after former prime minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina was sent to jail Monday.
Hasina stood before first class magistrate Kamrun Nahar, who rejected her bail petition after she was charged in an extortion case. She was then taken to a special sub-jail at a house at capital Dhaka meant for the deputy speaker of the countrys parliament, news agency Indo-Asian News Service reported.
The former prime minister was charged with allegedly extorting about USD 435 million from a firm called Eastcoast Trading when her Awami League was in power. The managing director of the firm Azam J Chowdhury had filed a complaint against her June 13.
Hasina denied the charges and told the court, "I am not an offender, I am not an extortionist. My family and political ideology taught me to serve people's cause, not extortion." She called the cases "false and fabricated" and claimed she had been arrested without being shown any chargesheet or arrest warrant.
Awami League supporters held massive protest outside the magistrate's court and elsewhere in Dhaka. Police fired rubber bullets and teargas shells which injured the protestors, the news agency said. Another demonstration to protest the arrest was held at the Dhaka University campus.
Reacting to Hasinas arrest India hoped to see a peaceful, stable and liberal democratic Bangladesh. (pickup previous) KUNA 162042 Jul 07NNNN