Blaming BNP-Jamaat for the killing of schoolteacher Shamsun Nahar Jharna during the hartal hours on Monday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said that the government will hunt the killers and put them on trial for their heinous act.
“BNP-Jamaat are responsible for this killing. The government will hunt the criminals, and Insha-Allah, we’ll put them on trial. We won’t tolerate such heinous acts any longer,” she said. “The government would be tough as needed to stop such kind of activities in future.”
The Prime Minister gave the warning while speaking at the function marking the handing over of the results of PSC, JSC and equivalent examinations and the inaugural ceremony of free textbook distribution programme at her official residence Ganabhaban.
Hasina said: “The BNP-Jamaat again took to the field to kill people. I have no words condemn this killing.”
Schoolteacher Shamsun Nahar Jharna, a mother of two sons, succumbed to her injury on Monday after she was hit on her forehead by brickbats hurled by pro-hartal picketers at Noakhali Municipality Market during the hartal hours.
The nationwide dawn-to-dusk hartal was enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance protesting the “foiling” of its Gazipur rally by the government and arrest of party men.
On Sunday, in a sudden spate of pre-hartal violence, another school teacher and her two children were burnt after criminals set fire to their CNG-run auto rickshaw in the capital's Kazipara Sunday evening.
Shamsun Nahar, 55, a school teacher from Noakhali; her son Tanjimul Haque, 22, a student of Jahangirnagar University; and her HSC student daughter Anika Akter, 18, were going to Mirpur-7 in the three-wheeler after visiting a doctor at Shantinagar around 7:00 pm, according to the victims and police. When they were stuck in traffic at Kazipara, some criminals came, poured petrol on the vehicle and set fire to it.
The Prime Minister said she has no idea why this hartal has been enforced and what was the logic for this hartal. “What the BNP-Jamaat had gained from killing and burning two school teachers?”
“It would be very unfortunate if the movement of BNP-Jamaat means just killing and maiming people,” she said, recalling that in the recent past the pro-hartal activists injured one female student in Chittagong and that student lost her eye.
Hasina alleged that before the January 5 election, the BNP-Jamaat nexus, in the name of movement, killed people, burnt them alive, set fire to 584 schools across the country, and injured teachers and students.
"What they had gained by these acts? Did they succeed in preventing the election? No, they could not and the election was held as scheduled,” she said.
The Prime Minister further alleged that BNP-Jamaat have now again engaged in killing people as they had done before the January 5 election.
She said: “If the BNP-Jamaat alliance has anything good to offer to the people, they can publicise those to the people. And this way they can gain public support. But they can not gain public support by killing people.”
Hasina said Bangladesh is now advancing with people living in peace. Students are pursing their studies, Bangladesh is now a role model to many countries around the globe.
“At this time, I will tell BNP and its chief, we do not want any sort of destructive activities. There is no logic to create such anarchy while people are in peace,” she added.