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Home minister draws flak

BNP accuses govt of patronising state terrorism

Deputy Commissioner Harun-ur-Rashid is seen bashing Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque during opposition-enforced hartal on July 6, 2011. Photo: File Photo

The main opposition BNP yesterday lambasted the government for awarding a controversial deputy commissioner of police (DC) a medal, saying the ruling Awami League was “patronising state terrorism” using the police force.

"The ruling party has turned the police force into one of its wings by awarding the President Police Medal to DC Harun who had assaulted the opposition chief whip during hartal hours," BNP coordinator Tariqul Islam said.

The BNP leader was talking to journalists while leafleting the capital's Dholaikhal as part of the BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance's countrywide mass-contact programme.

Harun-ur-Rashid, DC of Lalbagh division in the capital, and 66 other police personnel were awarded Bangladesh Police Medal and President Police Medal on Tuesday for their “outstanding” role in maintaining law and order in 2012.

Harun, then additional deputy commissioner of Tejgaon division, beat up

Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque on Manik Mia Avenue in the capital on July 6, 2011. Farroque was leading a group of opposition lawmakers marching towards parliament during a 48-hour hartal enforced by the opposition.

In reply to a query on Tuesday, Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir said the beating of Farroque had been taken into consideration in awarding the medal to Harun.

"He [Harun] did the right thing by obstructing the opposition chief whip. His job was to prevent anarchy and he did it successfully,” the minister added.

Referring to MK Alamgir's comment, Tariqul said, "With such remarks, he has exposed his autocratic attitude, and it will not do the nation any good."

Asked about the mass-contact programme, the BNP standing committee member said, “This is part of our preparations to blow the final whistle on the fall of the present government.”

Meanwhile, leaders of Gonotantrik Bam Morcha, an alliance of seven leftist parties, yesterday said the home minister had lost the right to remain in office.

His (MKA's) remarks after awarding the President Police Medal to someone known for “aggressive and violent behaviour” were irresponsible and reckless, said the speakers at a meeting at combine's office.

With such statements, the minister was in fact encouraging the law enforcers to harass opposition leaders, they said.

Moshrefa Mishu, general secretary of Gonotantrik Biplobi Party, Jonayed Saki, convener of Gono Sanghati, among others, spoke at the meeting.

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This picture tells the real story of how pathetic democracy is in Bangladesh. In any civilized society such action of police would have brought down the government. Only in a dictatorial system a opposition Chief Whip will be thrashed on the street by a high ranking police officer. Instead of taking action against such police officer the AL government is awarding such officer. Such state sponsor act of terror and crime against citizen will not go unpunished for long time.

: Barkat

I think today’s newspaper rightly pointed out that our FM Muhith and home boss MKA both has gone totally insane. How being within a democratic society MKA was able to utter those words do not surprise us anymore as we all have sadly observed the trend in recent days. It is a moment in our history that the way FM Muhith is lambasting professor Yunus right & left and MKA is doing totally loose talk which are completely out of any fashion; this time we are really worried and I think if we allow this to continue, there will a birth of a feudalistic society within the political culture in this nation. We strongly protest and demand an apology from both senior (by age) ministers.

: Sheikh Monirul Islam, Opee


  • Nasir Tarafder
    Thursday, January 24, 2013 02:25 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    Why the BNP only have to say this. This is the comment of every sane citizen of this country, especially, the journalists, news paper editors, the educated and civil society as this is clearly a disservice to the nation and a state sponsored terrorism. I wonder why the main stream newspaper editors are so silent on these anti-people and anti-state issues for so long. Their conscience does not shake their heads! It is really so STRANGE from a section of media people. Thanks, want to be anonymous.

  • sujon
    Thursday, January 24, 2013 03:00 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    This terrorist police officer (thug) must be hanged by the next patriotic govt. Make sure Home minister MKA (Razakar) can not fled Bangladesh after the next election. Hang all terrorist Awami thugs.

  • Sarwar, Riyadh
    Thursday, January 24, 2013 03:35 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    So Home Minister wants politics of vengeance remain! And the PM must have found HM's statements sweet not 'sour' like TV talk shows! Where are they taking the politics and alas they are still politicians!

  • true_talk
    Thursday, January 24, 2013 03:52 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    One day Home minister MKA will have to spend some quality time with this ADC Harun in Dhaka jail, that day is not too far. All should be reminded about one thing; every dog has its day. BNP acted like an autocrat in the last term and paying the price today. Hasina will have to face the truth same way.

  • Selma
    Thursday, January 24, 2013 04:01 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    What is the use of shouting about this matter when we fully know that BNP shall avenge these unfortunate events? I am sure that this nuttier DC who will probably run to his mother India to hide along with all Awami League criminals!

  • neutral
    Thursday, January 24, 2013 04:35 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    It is very difficult to maintain code of conduct by an individual police officer when the entire nation is watching law breaking events every day, every where connected to politics and political anarchy. The Home boss or the officer in picture might offer apology, if not done already, for this incident. But the Home boss thought that while awarding the medal concerned decision makers took into consideration this rough incident along with many more good performances of the officer in question and picture. Delicate country,delicate question, but expects to be civilized like western democracy without any virtue or quality available to act with civility in general. We wish it did not happen and remained as a classical example to follow and to take revenge when time comes.

  • Harun Rashid
    Thursday, January 24, 2013 08:34 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    This is an unethical and will be considered a bad instance for awarding such kind of police officer like DC Harun. It can break the remaining morality what still have in our society especially in the police department.

  • anonymous
    Thursday, January 24, 2013 08:41 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    MKA is not in his right frame of mind. He must watch out what he is talking out.

  • tajuddin mahmud robi
    Thursday, January 24, 2013 09:01 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    We do believe in constitutional power. The constitution does not allow any one to be above the law. Opposition chief whip Faruq keep in mind that, no one is above the law.

  • Nasirullah Mridha,USA
    Thursday, January 24, 2013 09:53 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    AL disputed the police medal by accorded it to curmudgeon Harun. Both BNP and AL politicized the police during their tenure but this time AL is one-upping to vilify this police award. We are foreshadowing the portent of hooliganism with double vigor by police if BNP voted to power.





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