Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh was fed
poisoned food while she was in prison during the 2007-08 military-installed
caretaker government, a senior Awami League leader as saying on Saturday.
‘The leader (Hasina) fell sick having taken the poisoned food
and her mouth was swollen. But she never gave in to (pressure)’ deputy leader
of the parliament Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury said in a program in Dhaka.
At a discussion marking the birth anniversary
of slain national leader AHM Quamaruzzaman in the capital, Sajeda said the
prime minister still gets occasional bouts of illness due to the damage caused
by the poisoning.
The Awami League chief, Hasina, was arrested on
July 16, 2007 by the Fakhruddin Ahmed-led interim government on a slew of graft
charges and was freed on June 12 next year on bail.
Her party says she had been under intense
pressure to quit politics and live in exile.
Hasina and her arch rival, the BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, who was also
arrested, were kept in makeshift prisons in the parliament complex.