Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday termed ‘enemy of the state’ the ‘instigators’ of protests of students mainly from schools and colleges for road safety.
At a discussion at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka organised by the ruling Awami League marking the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, she alleged that some people had tried to make political gain from the recent student protests.
‘Those who want to make political gain using children are the enemy of the nation and the state. They want to hinder the country’s progress,’ said Hasina, also the AL president.
She said that by making arrangement for the killers of Sheikh Mujib to be elected as lawmakers through ballot stuffing, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia proved that not only her husband BNP founder Ziaur Rahman but also Khaleda was involved into conspiracy for the assassination of Sheikh Mujib.
‘The regime of the killers will not be restored. They will not be allowed to assume office anymore,’ she said.
At dawn of August 15, 1975, a group of army officers assassinated Sheikh Mujib along with most of his family members and toppled his government.
Hasina alleged that Ziaur Rahman did not allow a team led by British lawmaker Sir Thomas Williams to investigate the killing.
‘If he was not involved in the killing, he would have allowed the team to investigate the killing. Zia was completely involved in the killing of Bangabandhu,’ she said.
She alleged that Zia set the war criminals free and rehabilitated the politically.
Referring to the recent student protests for road safety, the prime minister said that the interests tried to create unrest in the country using the students.
‘What was the motive of the instigators,’ she asked.
‘It is the duty of the state to take action against those who want to create anarchy in the country using students,’ she added.
She said that the law enforcement agencies and people showed patience during the protests.
‘But it was seen that some students wearing school uniforms and carrying bags infiltrated into the movement. They carried lethal weapons and stone in their bags,’ she claimed, bashing media outlets for not portraying it.
She said, ‘Some newspapers always try to defame this government as they do not want the continuation of democracy. They want unconstitutional force in office so that they can take benefits.’
Hasina asked whether noted journalists and writers would not be held responsible for committing any crime. ‘They have the right to write, but cannot they realise where they are take the country through their write-ups,’ she said.
‘Son of the sister of Sabur Khan along with pro-Pakistanis instigated the students’ movement,’ the prime minister said.
Criticising recent statements from international and local personalities including writers and rights activists against the arrests over the recent student protests for road safety, Hasina claimed that law would take its own course no matter whoever they were.
Addressing the programme, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said that they would not sit for talks with the BNP.
He also said that the perpetrators of August 21 grenade attack would not be spared.
The trial is going on and they will not be spared, he said.
AL advisory council member Tofail Ahmed, also the commerce minister, said that Ziaur Rahman was involved in the killing of Sheikh Mujib and his family.
A section of conspirators are still active to oust the government, he said.
AL presidium member Mohammad Nasim, also the health minister, said that the next general elections would be a participatory one.
Another presidium member Shahara Khatun called on the people to cast their vote for AL for the continuation of the ongoing development activities.
Samyabadi Dal general secretary Dilip Barua, AL central leaders Jahangir Kabir Nanak, SM Rezaul Karim, Simin Hossain Rimi and Anwar Hossain also addressed the meeting.
Al publicity and publication secretary Hasan Mahmud and deputy secretary Aminul Islam conducted the programme.
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