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Thursday, April 28, 2016, Baishakh 15, 1423 BS, Rajab 20, 1437 Hijri

There are reasons for worry
Published :Thursday, 28 April, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 25

Murders in serial manner are being committed with impunity in the country. Only days after the killing of a teacher of Rajshahi University, we now have the shocking news of two other men being done to death. There is a need to detect and nab the killers of the two men, for the very simple reason that all these killings that have been going on since 2013 have increasingly led to a slide in our reputation as a nation of liberal and secular ideas. The ease with which liberal thinkers --- and they include bloggers, writers, publishers and academics --- are being done away with has pushed us down the scale of our self-respectability. Even worse has been the failure of the authorities to detect the criminals behind such tragic happenings. And apart from a mouthing of the old platitudes about bringing the guilty to justice, not much has been done to reassure citizens that they are safe. When the police inspector general calls on people to devise their own methods of protection, one is tempted to ask: then why have the law enforcers out there?
It is time purposeful measures were taken by the authorities to reassure citizens and the rest of the world beyond our frontiers that Bangladesh is indeed capable of putting a stop to all the unsavoury happenings which have of late marred its democracy. But for that to be done, the country needs the administration to wake up to its responsibilities. It does not help that the authorities remain in a state of denial about the presence of Islamist militants in the country even when after nearly every murder that has taken place, militant outfits like al-Qaeda and ISIS have claimed responsibility for the evil deeds. Perhaps there is no ISIS, but the need is surely there to protect citizens from their affiliates or other terror groups. The home minister needs to acknowledge the truth that his way of looking at conditions does little to enhance to reinforce our confidence in the system. Besides, the clear inability of the police and other security forces in the country to remain alert to possible militant acts or even to net the men who coolly walk away after every murder demonstrates to the nation in clear terms the sad state we are caught in today.
The bigger truth is that the culture of impunity which has defined social conditions in these past few years has much to do with the rise in militant crime. The failure to prosecute those involved in harassing women at the Pahela Baishakh celebrations last year, the reluctance of the authorities to have criminal elements answer for their transgressions, et cetera, are factors which have laid them open to all sorts of charges. When there are allegations about elements seizing the property of minority communities, when nothing moves in the Tonu murder case, when no discussion takes place in parliament on the stealing of state money from Bangladesh Bank, there are reasons to worry about the future.
Let these worries be tackled by the

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