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We will root out arsonists if voted to power again: Hasan


Published : 06 Jan 2024 10:12 PM

Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud has said the voting festivity could not be marred through arson terrorism. “We will root out the arson terrorists if we can form the government again,” he added. 

He made the comment while exchanging views with journalists in Chattogram on Saturday (January 6). Awami League social welfare secretary Mohammad Aminul Islam was also present at the time.

Dr Hasan Mahmud, also AL Joint General Secretary, said, “The leaders who are giving directives to do the heinous crimes and subversive activities are also responsible for these crimes... A demand has been raised to take tough actions against those leaders.”

The minister also said, “One of our main tasks will be to root out the arson terrorists if we can form the government. These cannot be allowed to continue in a civilized country.”

He said the international community has shown their keen interest in the polls. For this reason, the USA, European Union, the United Nations, SAARC and OIC countries and other nations have already sent their observers, he added.

He hoped that the election will be held in a free, fair and competitive manner with the participation of the voters. Awami League will get a landslide victory and Bangabandhu’s daughter will be elected as the Prime Minister for fifth time, he said.

BSS adds: The information minister hoped that the international community will raise their voice against the arson terrorists who are trying to foil the poll hurling petrol bombs and killing innocent people and the community will assist to eliminate the terrorists. 

He said the miscreants of BNP-Jamaat torched four bogies of Benapole Express in Gopibagh of Dhaka leaving nine killed till now and injuring many others. The BNP and Jamaat are carrying out the subversive activities after October 28 which are similar to those in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Criticising BNP's demand of international investigation into the arson attack on train, Dr Hasan said it is BNP's bad habit to deny. Earlier a train was torched in the same area leaving four people, including a mother and her child, killed on the spot, he said.

He said there is the residence of BNP leader Mirza Abbas. All the culprits were arrested and they disclosed on whose orders they committed the previous incident, he said.

The minister said the arson terrorism is being unleashed under the directive of BNP's acting chairman Tarique Rahman. Photos and video footages of the subversive activities are being sent to London, he said, adding those could not be activities of a political party.

He said they (BNP-Jamaat) are enemies of the country and the nation. They are trying to foil the festive environment, he said.

Hasan Mahmud urged the countrymen to resist the miscreants as they are enemies of the masses. 

He said the government is determined to eliminate the miscreants.