Home minister Asaduzzman Khan on Thursday urged the students demonstrating for safe roads to return home as the government had accepted their all demands, and warned that any accident might take place before the law enforcing agencies could react.
Talking to the reporters at his Dhanmondi residence on Thursday evening, the minister said, ‘there is a political ambition in it. We believe that the situation is being instigated with political ambition. So we are requesting them to return to classes.’
‘Because,’ the minister said, ‘the situation is heading towards a point where any accident may take place. Sabotage may take place. Anything can happen.
‘If anything happens, our security forces will not be able to take the responsibilities of it. You have seen that the security forces are sitting idle. They are being beaten but not are reacting. They are facing the situation with extreme patience. The accident may take place before the police react.’
On Facebook clip, the minister said, leaders and activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal were seen on Thursday’s protests.
‘We have heard telephone their conversations. It was not expected. The innocent students might be misled, and might be used to commit a crime. We fear sabotage may take place. And then another incident may take place,’ the minister said.
‘In the call conversation, we found that the JCD leaders were asking them to join protests wearing uniforms. We have also found adult people present on the ground to inspire the students. They provided student meals and inspired them.
‘So it is evident that the situation may turn violent and, sabotage may take place,’ the minister said, adding, ‘we have seen attacks are being carried out on the police without any provocation.
‘The police considered them as their children and showed their patience,’ the minister said.
He detailed what measures have already been taken in accordance to the nine-point demand placed on the government, and all educational institutions were declared closed by the education minister.
‘Despite all’, he said, ‘we have seen students gathered today [Thursday].’
The cabinet member claimed that 317 vehicles were damaged and eight of them were torched, one policeman was injured, a police van was damaged, stones were thrown at Rajarbagh polices and Mirpur’s Public Order Management premises, Kafrul police station came under attack in last four days.
Teachers from school, college and university, and their management were requested to bring their student to class to reduce the public sufferings as whole the Dhaka city collapsed on Thursday, said the minister, adding that the long-route buses neither could enter into the city nor could leave.
The service buses fared that they might come under attack or might be torched, or its drivers and their assistants might face trouble, said the minister.
‘They are little boys and girls. I hope their parents, teachers, and neighbours would make them understand,’ he said at the briefing.
The minister said how distorted and old Facebook materials were being shared to mislead the innocent students.
Police and some unidentified youths attacked the student protesters during their demonstration for safe roads in the capital’s Mirpur on Thursday afternoon.
Asked about the attack, the minister claimed that some Bangladesh Nationalist Party supporters tried to instigate the students there.
As a result of that the locals, who did not like that matter, had chased them after an altercation, the minister said. ‘I do not know who is what.’
Asaduzzaman said all the nine demands of the students are logical and the government is implementing those sincerely. ‘Among the demands of enacting tougher law and constructing footbridge, it takes a little time,’ he said.
Responding to a question on whether there would be legal action against the students after they returned home, the minister said, ‘They are little children. What action would be taken against them? They lost their classmates and took to the streets. We too are shocked at this.’
He, however, said those who are spreading rumours on social media with old images would not be spared.
He said people are being suffered a lot from the students’ demonstration and again urged the students not to increase public sufferings.
On Sunday, Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib, students of the college section of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College, were killed as a ‘Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan’ bus ploughed through some students in front of Kurmitola General Hospital on Airport Road.
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