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Law on security of Bangabandhu family okayed

Hasina, Rehana, their children to get SSF protection

The cabinet yesterday gave its final nod to 'Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Family Members Security Act 2009'.

According to the approved act, Bangabandhu's immediate family members will enjoy state security provided by Special Security Forces (SSF), and will get well secured residences.

State security for the family members of the slain supreme leader of the national liberation struggle, was made immediately effective through an executive order, Prime Minister's Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad told reporters after a cabinet meeting.

Azad said after the assassination of Bangabandhu and most of his family members on August 15, 1975, many attempts were made on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's life including the August 21, 2004 grenade attack.

He said two surviving daughters of Bangabandhu -- Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana --and their children as well, will be entitled to SSF security and other facilities.

He, however, could not say whether the sons and daughters of Hasina and Rehana, living abroad, will also enjoy the security.

On July 6, the cabinet approved in principle a draft of the law.

The cabinet yesterday also fixed Sunday to Thursday office hours for the month of Ramadan, from 9:30am to 4:00pm with a 15-minute break for prayers from 2:15pm, for government, semi-government, autonomous, and semi-autonomous organisations.

It also approved the proposed Administrative Tribunals (Amendment) Ordinance 2009, and sent back a proposal regarding amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure 1898 for further scrutiny.

Ministers, state ministers, and secretaries concerned were present at the meeting chaired by the prime minister.

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It is nice to hear that Bangabandhu family members will be protected by a special law. Sheikh Hasina will be protected in Bangladesh. But the government should ask the White House to protect Joy who is living in the United States. Similarly, the government should request Buckingham Palace to protect Sheikh Rehana and her children who live in the United Kingdom. It is not much to ask for.

: Mobaidul Huq

Lives of Bangabandhu family members are very important; my question is what about the rest of the people of Bangladesh who are dying on streets? Who will secure them? Former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's SSF had been withdrew by the government. Is that wise decision as in one hand you are pushing to someone to insecurity?

: Mir Hossain, Dubai


  • Rashed Chowdhury
    Tuesday, July 28, 2009 10:27 AM GMT+06:00 (342 weeks ago)

    Waiting to see a day when our leaders will be loved by the people and they won't need such security. Children of Bangabandhu family should be given unnecessary importance.

  • eddo brandis
    Tuesday, July 28, 2009 10:21 AM GMT+06:00 (342 weeks ago)

    This is absolutely an abuse of power to grab state-property in the name of security. The patriotic individual, organization should challenge this law in the High Court as there greed works through including 2nd degree generation. And the actual motive here seems to secure the next generation of the surviving members of father of nation in the name of security. How it can be justified depriving the mass from their state-property?

  • Shama Alam
    Tuesday, July 28, 2009 03:47 PM GMT+06:00 (341 weeks ago)

    Can a poor country like Bangladesh afford such huge expence ? By crowning Banggabandhu family as the monarch (in a way).

    What about the freedom frighters who really fought and liberated the country? It is they who deserve to be rewarded in the tru sence. Not the children and grand children of bangabandhu.

  • Hoq Kotha
    Tuesday, July 28, 2009 04:11 PM GMT+06:00 (341 weeks ago)

    so who will provide security to the rajshahi university girl who was forced to date chatra league goon? who will provide security to crores of bangladeshis who live in a state of lawlessness perpetrated by chatra, juba and awami league goons?

    only two persons - hasina and rehana - need security?

    people dont learn from history!





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