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Bill proposes harsher punishment for disrupting law and order

  • Published at 02:05 am January 23rd, 2018
Bill proposes harsher punishment for disrupting law and order
A bill, titled “The Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) (amendment) Bill, 2018” was placed in the parliament on Monday, raising jail term by two years for committing crimes that disrupt law and order situation. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan placed the bill and it was sent to the respective scrutiny committee for further examination. The committee was asked to submit its report within seven days. The original Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) Act was first framed in 2002. The trial of some offences disrupting the law and order situation like extortion, disrupting traffic movement, vandalism, tender manipulation, giving threats, mugging, terrorising people as well as vandalism of public and immovable properties will come under the purview of the amended law as in the existing one. According to the amended draft law, anyone responsible for committing crimes disrupting law and order will face minimum two years and maximum seven years of rigorous imprisonment along with fine. In the existing law, the punishment is minimum two years' imprisonment and maximum five years' imprisonment. It also added that the government will appoint a specially-empowered first class magistrate as the judge of this court.