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PM questions about BUET student movement after meeting demand

Rtv online desk
|  12 Oct 2019, 00:00 | Update : 12 Oct 2019, 18:30
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina questioned about the justification of continuing movement on Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) campus after meeting the demands of the students by its authorities following the killing of BUET student Abrar Fahad.

“The BUET vice-chancellor has accepted the 10-point demand of the students following the murder. After that the students have said they’ll continue their movement … I don’t know what could be its rationality after fulfillment of their demand?” she said.

The Prime Minister simultaneously reissued a strong warning against wrongdoing on the campus of the educational institutions, asserting that strict actions will be taken against the wrongdoers whoever might be.

“Our words are clear that we’ll never tolerate any crime on campus … we didn’t allow it in the past and will also not accept it in future,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina was addressing as the chief guest the second conference of the Mohila Sramik League at the Krishibid Institute, Bangladesh Convention Centre in the capital on Saturday. Reports BSS.

General Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League Obaidul Quader also spoke on the occasion, while President of Mohila Sramik League Raushan Jahan Sathi was in the chair.

Convenor of Conference Preparation Committee and Executive President of Mohila Sramik League Suraiya Aktar delivered the welcome address, while General Secretary of the organisation Begum Shamsunnahar Bhuiyan placed the organisational report.

Earlier, the prime minister inaugurated the conference by releasing pigeons and balloons.

She also hoisted the national flag, while President and General Secretary of the organisation Raushan Jahan Sathi and Begum Shamsunnahar Bhuiyan raised the party flag on the occasion.

A minute’s silence was observed as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, four national leaders and martyrs of different movements including liberation war.

The Prime Minister said the government will take stringent action against those to be indulged in the crime on campus for the sake of maintaining education atmosphere.

“We’ll take action against those to be involved in crimes. Because education atmosphere will have to be maintained on the campus,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina continued saying on: “The students will have to pursue education by keeping pace with the world … they’ll also have to build themselves as good citizens and take the country forward.”

The premier said the government did not hesitate to take action against the killers of Abrar Fahad. “We don’t see who belongs which party… we treat killers as killers, wrongdoers as wrongdoers and torturers as torturers,” she added.

Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, said she did not wait for movement or directive of anybody after being informed of the killing of Abrar Fahad.

“I immediately instructed the police to arrest the killers and collect all information from video footage regarding the murder. But the police faced trouble while collecting the footage,” she said.

The Prime Minister said the students obstructed the police when they were collecting video footage. “I don’t know why they (students) did it?” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said the inspector general of police rushed to her after the incident and wanted to know that what will they do.

“When I wanted to know him that what the students want, he said that they (students) want copy of the video footage and I asked him to give a copy of the footage to the students,” she said.

“But you also take the footage and after taking it, you can identify and arrest the killers and take action against them,” she added.

The Prime Minister said the accused could not have fled and they were arrested immediately if 3/4 hours time was not wasted for collecting the video footage.

“There was nothing to be doubtful about this and I don’t know about the issue … it seemed that a scope was given to the accused to flee or else and the protesters can reply to this question, but I cannot say it,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina further said: “I could not delay a single moment and took steps immediately after being informed of the matter … It also can be never accepted after committing such a crime.”


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