Dhaka, Dec 21: Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today suggested BNP to wear red badge after seeking apology from the countrymen for killing people through arson attack instead of wearing black badge for border killing.
“BNP is telling to wear black badge in the name of stopping border killing. I would like to urge BNP to analyse the statistics of border killing when they were in power and what is now,” he told a memorial meeting at Jatiya Press Club (JPC) in the city.
Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote (BSJ) organized the meeting in memory of Awami League leaders Abdur Razzak and Mohiuddin Chowdhury.
Deputy Minister for Water Resources AKM Enamul Haque Shamim, Deputy Minister for Education Barrister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel, Nahim Razzak, MP, JPC president Saiful Alam and AL leader Boloram Poddar addressed the meeting as special guests with BSJ advisor Lion Chittaranjan Das in the chair.
Journalist Samiran Roy also addressed the meeting while BSJ general secretary Arun Sarker Rana conducted it.
Hasan said currently the border killing has been decreased compared to the BNP regime. “And our government is trying to bring the border killing to zero and meeting between the border guards of the two countries will be held tomorrow,” he added.
The minister urged BNP to wear red badge after seeking apology from the countrymen for killing people through petrol bombs attack and for killing soldiers by BNP’s founder Ziaur Rahman. People have not been killed nowhere in the contemporary world by petrol bombs for political reasons, he added.
He said there is a conspiracy behind it as the party which burned people to death, and now wears black badges for border killings. “We should remain alert against them,” said Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary.
Referring to a comment of BNP leader Major Hafiz, the information minister said a vice chairman of BNP has told that there was trade deal while forming district level committee of BNP. If the party, which did business while forming committees of their party, gets the responsibility of the country then they can sell the state for the trade. The party (BNP) and the country as well are not safe to their hand, he added.
Replying to a comment of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, the minister said they (BNP) ran parallel government by setting up ‘Hawa Bhaban’ to collect toll like British who established Kuthibari for collecting toll. Besides, ‘Khoab Bhaban’ was built for entertainment, he added.
“During your (BNP) regime, grenade attack was carried out on August 21, bombs attacks were also carried out at 500 places and the country became champions for five times in corruption. Think about where you have taken the country through corruption and misrule. Don’t make fun to people anymore,” said Hasan.
In the beginning of his speech, the minister paid rich tributes to the late two leaders.
He said the contribution of late general secretary of Awami League Abdur Razzak will be written with golden letters in the history of the party for organising it (AL).
He said late Mohiuddin Chowdhury was a leader of masses and popular mayor of Chattogram. The leaders are unique examples of leaderships, he added.