The ruling Awami League on Friday alleged that activists of Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its ally Jamaat-e-Islami had infiltrated the student movement for safe roads.
AL general secretary Obaidul Quader after a joint meeting at its central office at Bangabandhu Avenue told reporters that the government and the Awami League were closely monitoring the student movement.
‘But we are worried about the fate of the movement as BNP and Jamaat-Shibir activists have already infiltrated it to realise their agenda of ousting the government,’ said Quader, also road transport and bridges minister.
Thousands of students in Dhaka and other cities across the country took to the streets protesting at existing anarchies in the road transport sector after deaths of two of their fellows on Airport Road in the capital on July 29.
Quader instructed AL leaders and activists of Dhaka city to remain alert so that the ‘BNP-Jamaat activists’ could not divert the movement of the students.
He also instructed party leaders to closely follow the movement in their areas and start motivation programme for the students so that they did not fall into any trap.
He also requested the students to return to their educational institutions as the government had already taken steps to fulfil their nine-point demands.
AL central secretaries, leaders of Dhaka City north and south units and president and general secretaries of its front and associated organisations and lawmakers of AL attend the meeting.
Quader also instructed the leaders and activists of the party to refrain from extortion of money in the name of month-long programmes to observe August 15, the National Mourning Day.
AL joint general secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Dipu Moni, Jajangir Kabir Nanak, and Abdur Rahman, central leaders Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Ashim Kumar Ukil, and Afzal Husein, Juba Mahila League president Nazma Akter and general secretary Apu Ukil, among others, attended the meeting.
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