Prove graft charges or face legal action
PM to demonstrators in universities
Published : Friday, 8 November, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 207
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday came down heavily upon the demonstrators who are making corruption allegations against VCs at several universities noting that those protesters including teachers, students will have to face legal action if they fail to prove the allegations.
She came up with the warning when unrests are going on over corruption allegations at Jahangirnagar University and Pabna University of Science and Technology (PUST).
The Prime Minister was addressing a function organised for distributing assistance among journalists at a function at the Prime Minister's office in the city.
In the programme, Sheikh Hasina sharply criticised 'Prothom Alo', a Bengali daily, for neglecting the safety and security of the students, and not taking proper steps for his
treatment as a result of which a ninth-grader of Dhaka Residential Model School Nayeemul Abrar was electrocuted on Friday.
She said those who arrange a programme on school ground should have the sense of responsibility to ensure the safety of their students. They should have been careful about the safety and security of the children and proper arrangement of everything, she said.
"How can Prothom Alo do such a thing with so much negligence? They are holding their function. Don't they have any responsibility? Won't they see whether it was being held properly? They should have realised that children are also studying in the school," the Prime Minister said.
"They (Prothom Alo) have committed a serious offence. So, it can never be tolerated a man or child will die in such a way," she said.
"They neglected it to the point that the boy died from electrocution but they kept this incident secret till all the components of the function were over," she said adding that they took the student to a private hospital in Mohakhali though there are several hospitals nearby such as Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital, National Institute of Neurosciences Hospital and Trauma Centre.
The Prime Minister said the problem of electrocution was reported repeatedly but no one paid heed to it.
On the ongoing unrests at several universities, the Prime Minister said movements started suddenly against vice-chancellors in several universities and they are branding the VCs as corrupt.
Pointing at allegation against Jahangirnagar University VC, Sheikh Hasina said, "It is the legal provision that if anyone fails to prove his allegation, he is to face the same punishment what may be given to the convicted person."
She said she has made it clear that legal action will be taken against false allegation-makers for which she has already directed the authorities concerned to keep the records and footages of speeches and words of everyone who is bringing allegations.
The Prime Minister said if the allegation makers can provide information of corruption, the government will surely take action against the corrupt.
She said those who are bringing allegations surely have information. "Otherwise, why will they bring the allegations?"
"It won't be enough to say that some amount of money is given out. They'll have to find out where the money has been given and what for the money has been kept aside, the Prime Minister added.
The Prime Minister said that it would not be tolerated anymore to stop classes and launch attacks on the houses of VCs and offices in the name of movements without any logical grounds.
She questioned why such movements are waged whenever development programmes are taken and said that a vested quarter who doesn't want the continuation of the government, staging trials of the war criminals and killers of the Father of the Nation have been hatching conspiracy to this end.
"Corruption allegations are usually surfaced whenever any development project is taken place," she said, opining that the allegations might have come while the money earned through grafts is not distributed properly.
The Prime Minister also held the teachers responsible for it, saying, "Teachers are using students in such misdeeds."
In this context, she said the BUET students have been carrying out the movement following death of a fellow student since the people responsible for killing of the student, were arrested and a case was filed to this end, saying, "I found no logic to continue the movement."
Criticising the move that kept classes shut days after days, she said, "The students responsible for it should be expelled from the university immediately."
The Prime Minister also requested the newsmen to publish follow-up stories about the agony of the thousands of women who were inhumanly tortured during the War of Liberation in 1971.