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PM spurs law enforcers on Jamaat-Shibir violence

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the law enforcement agencies to take stern action against the Jamaat-Shibir men for creating violence across the country.

She asked all the agencies including the intelligence to remain alert as the anti-liberation forces would become more violent in the coming months when the verdicts in war crimes cases against top Jamaat leaders will be pronounced.

The prime minister was talking to top police officials after the weekly cabinet meeting.

One of the senior ministers told The Daily Star that the Jamaat-e-Islami and its student front Islami Chhatra Shibir have decided to resort to “combat operation” and would carry out “armed attack” soon to destabilise law and order.

Yesterday, hundreds of Jamaat-Shibir activists went on the rampage in four districts including the capital demanding release of Jamaat leaders now facing charges of crimes against humanity at the international crimes tribunals.

Meanwhile, the government high command expressed surprise and resentment over the poor security measures in and around Bangladesh Secretariat as the Shibir men went berserk in the area when the prime minister was in the cabinet meeting.

Expressing disappointment over the role of law enforcement agencies, another senior minister said proper security measures were not in place around the secretariat. He thought the security should have been better.

Asked about government's stance, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury said law would take its own course against any violence created by the Jamaat-Shibir men and the government as usual would remain tough.

Whatever the Jamaat-Shibir might do to foil the war crimes trial, it will be completed, she mentioned.

The cabinet meeting over, the prime minister called Communications Minister Obaidul Quader to discuss the Padma bridge issue.

The minister this morning will sign a 100 crore rupee treaty with an Indian organisation for protection of Padma river banks.

Contacted, Quader said the work on the protection of the river banks would start soon. Several options are under consideration for building the main bridge, he added.

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Effective measures must be taken to rein the Shibir activists. I agree with the PM. But I'm confused about if there was any single measure to rein the Chhatra League/Chatra Dal activists during this govt's tenure. I personally didn't see any. Losing lives on the streets, for instance Bishwajit, is no less than vandalising public properties for sure.

: Md.Redoan-Ul-Islam

Has not the govt been doing this tough on opposition routine for the last 4 years using the law enforcement agency? Is this a crime issue or political issue? Has a political issue ever been put down in history only by force?

: Roni Rahman


  • ask
    Tuesday, January 29, 2013 02:46 AM GMT+06:00 (158 weeks ago)

    Selective imposition of justice is no justice. I agree tough measures should be taken when laws are broken. When BCL cadres burn and kill no pronouncements come from the PM's office. Arrest the Shibir lawbreakers but do not spare the BCL.

  • Selma
    Tuesday, January 29, 2013 03:10 AM GMT+06:00 (158 weeks ago)

    I wish she said the same against her own criminal BCL goons.

  • Ambiguous
    Tuesday, January 29, 2013 03:57 AM GMT+06:00 (158 weeks ago)

    Madam Prime Minister, be specific for action connected to the crimes being committed by the Jamaat and Shibir in open day light. The way politics and the politicians are undermining the legal system in Bangladesh, the law abiding people of Bangladesh might call for alternative legal process much more effective, less time consuming, can identify the criminals on the spot and prosecute, and the political party responsible for material and human loss be forced to compensate the loss by legal orders.

  • M.Ashraf
    Tuesday, January 29, 2013 07:05 AM GMT+06:00 (158 weeks ago)

    The PM should have directed law enforcement to take stern action against anyone creating violence. It seems everything is focused on anyone other than ruling party minions. They pick and choose shamelessly.

  • Turja, Canada
    Tuesday, January 29, 2013 08:44 AM GMT+06:00 (158 weeks ago)

    Enough is enough. This organisation is not a political one but turned into a Real Terrorist party. Anti terrorist action needed against this organised terror organisation.





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