Khaleda, others to face music for arson attacks

Dhaka,  Monday,   2016-09-23
Published : 23 Sep 2016, 00:18:11

Khaleda, others to face music for arson attacks

Says PM at a reception by expatriates in NY
NEW YORK, Sept 22 (UNB): Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina has reiterated that those who unleashed arson attacks and burnt people to death in the name of movement in the country and their order giver BNP chief Khaleda Zia will surely be punished.

"These days they're (BNP) lamenting that they didn't have any [political] space. Who'll provide them the space as she (Khaleda) kept herself confined to her office for 92 days and burnt people to death. She (Khaleda) was lucky enough that she had not been arrested at that time. It was necessary to put her behind bars. Then some lives could have saved," she said.

The PM was addressing a reception accorded to her at Hotel Grand Hyatt in New York on Wednesday night.

Sheikh Hasina also said her government will continue the trial of such misdeeds --arson attacks and burning people to death-as per the law of the land.

Hasina said cases were filed against those BNP-Jamaat hooligans who had engaged in arson attacks, killing and burning people to deaths to foil the January-5 election and again in 2015 in the name of movements.

"Why cases wouldn't be filed against those who were directly involved in such crimes, their order givers and their financiers? We can't receive them with garlands!" she quipped.

Responding to the BNP's allegation that they are facing too many cases, the PM said  cases were filed as they had committed such crimes. "The criminals of such crimes would surely be punished...Khaleda Zia will also get the punishment as their order givers," she said.

About political space, the PM said her government has allowed so many private satellite channels that led to the spur of too many talk-shows where BNP men are always very vocal threatening to oust her government. "Then how could they say they have no rights to speak up?"
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