Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud has said that the arsonists and their patrons must be brought to justice in order to stop arson attacks in the country.
He made the comment while speaking at a human chain and discussion programme organised by ‘Agnisanthraser Artonad’ in front of Central Shaheed Minar in the capital on Sunday (December 3).
Justice Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik, Advocate Khodeza Nasrin Akther, MP, former vice chancellor of Dhaka University Professor Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman, general secretary of Jatiya Press Club Shyamol Dutta, Runi Begum, mother of arson attack victim Nahid, and victim Salauddin Bhuiyan, among others, spoke at the rally.
Speakers of event demanded exemplary punishment of BNP-Jamaat miscreants who are carrying out arson attacks along with their patrons.
Dr Hasan Mahmud said, “BNP-Jamaat cannot hear the screams of the victims of arson attacks… they must be brought to book to stop the arson attacks.”
Dr Hasan Mahmud, who is also Awami League Joint General Secretary, said that the BNP-Jamaat had carried out arson attacks in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The arson attacks would not have happened in 2023 if the trials of the previous attacks were held under speedy trial tribunal, he said.
“At that time the arson attacks were carried out at the directives of Begum Khaleda Zia, and now, the attacks are being carried out as instructed by Tarique Rahman,” he said.
The minister also said that terrorists and BNP activists are carrying out subversive activities across the country in the name of waging movement, he said, adding it never be a programme of a political party. Such brutal activities are not found anywhere in the world.
Dr Hasan Mahmud said, “I have just come from the COP28 conference. In a meeting with Commonwealth Secretary, I asked him whether innocent people are being killed through arson attacks for politics anywhere in the world. His full team admitted that no such incident happened anywhere else in the world in the last 20 years.”
The minister said that BNP and Jamaat could not change their behavior. Everyone should resist them, he added.