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Two close aides of Hasina arrested

world Updated: Apr 20, 2007 08:24 IST
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After barring the entry of former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the country, Bangladesh security forces arrested two of her close aides besides a leader of her archrival Khaleda Zia's party .

Security forces also intensified hunt for the absconding political secretary of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, who has reported to have struck a "deal" with the interim government that she would leave the country provided her two sons are allowed to join her there.

Police on Thursday said Awami League (AL) presidium member and former privatisation commission chief Kazi Jafarullah, AL's assistant puiblicity secretary Asim Kumar Ukil and BNP leader and former chief of the state-run road transport corporation Taimur Alam Khondokar were arrested late on Wednesday night.

Security forces also raided different places to track down Khaleda Zia's absconding influential political secretary Haris Chowdhury.

The developments came hours after the interim administration in emergency-ruled Bangladesh ordered a temporary ban on Hasina's return home from the US. Her archrival Zia has reportedly "packed up and is ready to fly out" under a "negotiated deal with the government.

Chowdhury went into hiding along with several other influential politicians since the military backed interim administration came to power after proclamation of a state of emergency on January 11 and announced an all out war against corruption.

More than 60 high profile politicians and influential businessmen including Zia's elder son Tarique Rahman now await trial on corruption.