Stop vandalism, return to class rooms, PM to students

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Dhaka, Dec 01: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged the demonstrating students to go back to educational institutions relinquishing vandalism, saying vehicles vandalism is not the job of students as law enforcement agencies are chasing the offenders to expose them to punishment, reports BSS.

“Don’t do this (Vehicles vandalism on streets). Please go back to your (students) educational institutions (class rooms) and put concentration on study,” she said.

The prime minister said this while opening newly installed Mural of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and laying foundation stone of Joyeeta Tower at Osmani Memorial Auditorium, joining virtually from her Official residence Ganabhaban here.

She said, “Off course the offenders are being brought under punishment as they have been found out. We will do this and law enforcement agencies are very alert in this regard.”

The premier said having been video footages available, it’s not very tough job to find out the perpetrators involved in any crime as “all activities are now being conducted using technology”.

Sheikh Hasina also expressed a note of warning against vandalism, saying that those, involved in vehicles vandalism and setting up fire in future, would be found out and brought under punishment.

“In addition, they will also have to face stringent punishment if any person dies due to this vandalism and fire on vehicles. It has to keep in mind,” she added.

Noting that student’s death is very much painful and unfortunate, she said educational institutions were remained closed for long due to Covid-19 pandemic but all of these have been opened and the government is providing Covid-19 vaccine to students.

“So, all of you have to put concentration on study,” the premier said.

She said it has to keep in mind that Coronavirus didn’t go away fully rather a new variant (Omicron) is approaching, adding, any time it could spread out which might force the authorities concerned to close the educational institutions again.

She continued that, “So, you (students) should go back to your classrooms. How much time will you get to put concentration on your study?”

With State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Fazilatun Nessa Indira, MP in the chair, Secretary of the Ministry Md. Sayedul Islam delivered the welcome address.

Bangladesh Shishu Academy Chairperson Lucky Enam and Joyeeta Foundation Managing Director Afroja khan also spoke.

The Mural was installed at the premise of Bangladesh Shishu Academy while Joyeeta Tower is being constructed in city’s Dhanmondi area.

Later, two video documentaries on Bangabandhu and Joyeeta Foundation were screened at the ceremony.