No bloodletting again: PM

August 24, 2014

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Saturday warned the people to be vigilant so that the BNP-Jamaat could not unleash ‘deadly violence’ again as they did before the January 5 elections in the name of ‘so-called movement’. ‘We do not want them [BNP-Jamaat] to strike Bangladesh time and again. We all have to be vigilant; we would not allow recurrence of such bloodletting in future,’ she said.
Addressing the launch of a photo album titled ‘Blood-stained Bangladesh’ at Osmani Smriti Auditorium, the prime minister said that BNP-Jamaat had unleashed ‘deadly violence’ and killed people after getting no response from the people to their anti-election movement.
‘They [BNP-Jamaat] killed hundreds of people, including 17 policemen, two border guards and two intelligence agents, in the name of movement. They are used to taking people’s lives in the name of movement,’ she said.
Hasina, also the Awami League president, said that the BNP was a party that had grabbed the state power by stepping on blood. ‘They are used to taking blood…Those who kill people do not believe in the definitions of politics, democracy and constitution…,’ she added.
The prime minister advised the BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia to proceed with her politics if she wanted to do so but not to play with the lives of the people.
‘Do your [Khaleda] own politics as you are supposed to do so but do not play with people’s lives over and over again…,’ she said.
Recalling her memories during the Liberation War, Hasina said that the ‘atrocities’ of BNP-Jamaat before the January 5 polls could be compared to the atrocities carried out by the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971.
She said contesting elections or boycotting it was the decision of a political party but BNP had killed people for it.
Hasina said that she was not hungry for power; she just wanted to work for the welfare of the people.
She assured the families of the victims and survivors of the BNP-Jamaat’s pre-election violence of all possible cooperation for their welfare, telling them that she shared their pain of losing near and dear ones.
Earlier, she met with the family members of the victims and the survivors. She consoled them and gave a patient hearing to their problems.
HT Imam, political adviser to the prime minister, presided over the programme addressed by Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam. Cabinet members, political leaders, editors, senior journalists, ambassadors of different countries were present on the occasion.
A 16-minute documentary on the BNP-Jamaat ‘atrocities’ was screened.
Laila Khatun, widow of slain police constable Hazrat Ali fainted on the podium in presence of the prime minister while recalling killing of her husband by a violent mob at Bamandanga police outpost in Gaibandha after the International Crimes Tribunal handed Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Syedee death sentence.
Laila recalled that she had talked with her husband over mobile phone over the mob attack. Her husband advised her to take care of their only child. After a while she received the death news of three police men, including her husband, in the violence.
The photo album contains pictures of the violence which broke out before the January 5 general election and over the trial of war criminals.

-Input from New Age

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