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Thursday, October 22, 2009

[ALOCHONA] AL leaders resent dipping law and order

AL leaders resent dipping law and order
Most of the members of the central executive committee of the Awami League on Thursday expressed deep concern over the deterioration of the law and order situation and violence caused by the manipulation of tenders throughout the country, said sources.

The committee members demanded uncompromising measures to improve the situation and stop tender manipulation by Awami League leaders and activists.

Speaking at an emergency meeting of the party's central working committee, convened after the bomb attack on party lawmaker Fazle Noor Tapash, the Awami League's central leader Mohammad Nasim said the attack had indicated the deterioration of the law and order situation and the government should take immediate action in this regard, said meeting sources.

AL's acting president Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury presided over the meeting held at party chief Sheikh Hasina's Dhanmondi office.

Assailants hurled a bomb at AL lawmaker Fazle Noor Taposh's car in front of his law chamber at Motijheel on Wednesday night, leaving at least 12 people injured, but Tapash luckily survived the attack without a scartch.

Most of the ALCWC members who attended at the meeting echoed Nasim and demanded enhancement of security measures to maintain the law and order.

They also denounced tender manipulation across the country by the leaders and activists of the party and its associate bodies, and demanded exemplary punishment of those involved, an AL leader who attended the meeting told New Age. 'At any cost, tender manipulation will have to be stopped,' the leader quoted Nasim as saying.

Most of the AL's central executive committee members recommended intensification of security measures for ministers, judges and counsels of the Sheikh Mujibur Rahman killing case, party lawmakers, family members of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as well as important government offices, said sources.

The issue was raised by Momtazuddin Mehedi, member of the AL's central executive, at the meeting.

Some members protested against the vandalising of vehicles in different parts of the capital after the attack on Tapash, saying that this would estrange the people. They emphasized the need for uniting the nation to implement the court's verdict of the Sheikh Mujibur Rahman killing case.

The AL's law secretary, Abdul Matin Khasru, assured the meeting that the verdict of the Sheikh Mujib killing case would be executed within November, said meeting sources.

The AL's general secretary, Syed Ashraful Islam, told the newsmen that the government would tighten the security of the ministers, lawmakers and important personalities, if required.

Home affairs minister Sahara Khatun, at the meeting, said she had directed the law-enforcing agencies to take every measure to identify and nab the attackers.

On October 3, at the first meeting of the ALCWC after elections, deep concern was expressed over the law and order situation, tender manipulation, extortion, price-hike of daily essentials, power and gas shortage and the capital's chaotic traffic, and the members requested party president Sheikh Hasina, also the country's premier, to concentrate more on solving the problems

Thursday's meeting strongly condemned the attack on Tapash and demanded that the government find and arrest the attackers, identify their patrons and give them exemplary punishment.

The members observed that the attack was meant to kill Tapash and was motivated by the intention of thwarting the trial of the Sheikh Mujibur Rahman murder case.

'The killers of Bangabandhu and those who do not want implementation of the verdict of the Sheikh Mujibur Rahman killing case and ultra-fanatic militants were behind the attack,' claimed Ashraf, also the LGRD minister.

He said those who launched the attack would be hunted down and brought to justice.

Ashraf said the trial of the Sheikh Mujib murder case cannot be stopped by killing, attacks and threats, no matter how powerful the criminals are. 'No one can stop the government from executing the verdict and establishing human rights and justice.'

He said that after the murder of Sheikh Mujib, the killers were trying to kill his two daughters — Sheikh Hasina, the prime minister, and Sheikh Rehana. 'A conspiracy is on to kill them at anytime,' said he.


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