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Tuesday, August 18, 2015, Bhadra 3, 1422 BS, Zilqad 2, 1436 Hijr

Jubo League assault on school shames us all
Published :Tuesday, 18 August, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 14

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her government must take serious note of the unruly activities of some of their followers. As a front page report in this newspaper yesterday noted, a mob of Jubo League activists swooped on the students of Bhuiyara High School in Chandpur, leaving a good many of them injured and under treatment at the Kachua upazila health complex. The ruffians, for clearly that is what they are, had earlier approached the headmaster for a donation of Tk 15,000 for purposes of organizing a programme on National Mourning Day. The headmaster gave them only a thousand taka, which obviously did not satisfy them. Subsequently, when the next day they heard that stipend money was being distributed among the students, they turned up at the school again and demanded cash once again. Their demand dismissed by the school authorities, they beat up a teacher of the school. That prompted the students to organize a protest on the spot. The criminals then assaulted the students.
The issue now is one of whether the government as well as the ruling party will take purposeful action against such bad elements among and around them. Every time such incidents have taken place, people were either told that action would be taken or were informed glibly that the ruling party and its affiliated bodies had no links with these criminal elements. Even in the present instance of criminality, the denials have begun to come in. But that will simply not do. For a very long time, there have been allegations, and credible ones at that, of pro-ruling party men engaging in such negative activities as illegal tender business and extortion. What was attempted at Bhuiyara High School the other day was but a plain instance of extortion. The question now is whether the administration will go beyond partisan considerations and bring the goons who assaulted the school students to justice under the established laws of the land. One does not need much wisdom to understand that every time some unruly followers of the ruling party engage in socially reprehensible and illegal acts, it is the image of the ruling party which takes a fresh new beating.  Consider the case of the ruling party parliamentarian who in Cox's Bazar has developed the sinister habit of physically assaulting people he does not like. So far he has physically hit as many as nineteen people and no one is courageous enough to take recourse to the law against his behaviour. Doesn't the government owe it to the people to act against this lawmaker as also against everyone else in whom the arrogance of power has been demonstrated blatantly and brazenly in recent months?
The government must take note of the indiscipline some of its lawmakers and young supporters have generally resorted to.  And it must do that because any inaction in such areas leads to a feeling, something that keeps growing, among citizens that the ruling circles are reluctant to act against their own. If that is indeed the attitude of the ruling party, then we are all in danger. Nothing can be more dangerous than the danger that lurks within, for such danger in the end fuels the danger that lies without.

Editor : Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury
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