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She disapproves banning student politics but says BUET can take its own decision

Published : Thursday, 10 October, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 1553

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina briefing the media about her recent visits to the UN and India at  Ganabhaban on Wednesday.	Photo: BSS

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina briefing the media about her recent visits to the UN and India at Ganabhaban on Wednesday. Photo: BSS

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked the law enforcing agencies to carry out search at residential halls of all public universities and educational institutions across the country to root out goons and crime.

She said she will not tolerate students acting as goons at the cost of the tax-payers money. She asked the journalists to cooperate with the government regarding the drive.
Sheikh Hasina came up with the strict order following the brutal murder of BUET student Abrar Fahad. She reiterated that the killers, whatever their political affiliation, would not be spared. I have arrested them and they would be tried, she said.
She was addressing a press conference at her official residence Ganobhaban in the city.
In the press conference, the Prime Minister disapproved banning student politics as demanded by the BUET students. She said how can she ban politics as she herself was engaged in student politics.

Sheikh Hasina said if BUET wants it can ban student politics on its campus like some educational institutions did in the past.
However, the demand for banning student politics as a whole resembles the declaration of military dictators. When they usurped power they banned politics, she said.
The Prime Minister pointed out the glorious role of student politics in every struggle in this land. She blamed the military dictators for tarnishing the great achievement of student politics and for making people greedy.
She assured that maximum punishment will be meted out to those involved in the brutal killing of BUET student Abrar Fahad.

She also questioned the justification of the movement by students when the government is taking action against the offenders.
"Why's this movement? The trial (of the offenders) must be held. It's necessary to feel the pain of a mother or a father who lost their children. I understand it as I lost all my father, mother and bothers," Sheikh Hasina said.
She further said, "He (Abrar) was son of a common family. What is the reason behind the brutal and dangerous act like picking up and beating such a brilliant student? So, we're taking action against them. The highest punishment will be given to them and there's no doubt about it."

The Prime Minister questioned confining police by some students for three hours as they collected CCTV footage from the campus. She doubted that the obstruction may be created so that other culprits could not be traced.
Learning the brutal incident, Sheikh Hasina instructed the police forthwith to collect alamat (evidences), CCTV footage and take swift action disregarding the political identity of any alleged culprit.

The Prime Minister said as per the postmortem report Abrar Fahad succumbed to internal injuries like the murder of many AL men in 2001. "Naturally, that raises some doubts. Who are they?"
She said it is true that many joined the ruling party and there are some people who always belong to ruling party and they are the members of PGP (Permanent Government Party).

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