'No one will be spared, no matter what organization they belong to. Appropriate actions will be taken'
Asking students to refrain from resorting to vandalism in their educational institutions, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the government will no longer tolerate such violent acts.
“It will not happen that students will vandalise their educational institutions and I will accept this,” she said while addressing the inaugural session of the 29th National Council of Bangladesh Chhatra League at Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka Friday afternoon.
She said the law enforcement agencies had been asked to take prompt and appropriate steps against the students involved in vandalism.
“No one will be spared, no matter what organization they belong to. Appropriate action will be taken.”
Referring to the recent attack on, and vandalism and looting of the Dhaka University vice-chancellor’s residence during the quota reform movement, she said such a heinous act did not happen in the country’s history.
“An investigation is ongoing. Many of those involved in the incident have already been arrested while others will be detained. I’ve asked law enforcement agencies to take proper action against the culprits,” Hasina said.
She also thanked the general students and Chhatra League activists as no major unwanted incident took place in any educational institution in the last nine years: “Just one or two incidents happened. I do not want to see such incidents taking place.”
Hasina, also the chief of the ruling Awami League, asked the teachers of the educational institutions to refrain from engaging in conflicts among themselves that cause harm to their students. “I do not want to see the students to suffer due to the conflicts,” she said.
The government is always there to resolve any problem, she added.
The prime minister also asked the students to use the internet as a platform for learning: “Digital Bangladesh is not for misusing it.”
She also asked them to keep students away from militancy, terrorism, and drug abuse: “Make sure no one is getting involved in these menaces. We have directed the authorities concerned to take stern actions against those will be caught red-handed.”
Earlier, the prime minister hoisted the national flag upon her arrival at the venue when the national anthem played and the president and general secretary of Chhatra League hoisted the organization’s flag. She inaugurated the National Council by releasing doves and balloons.
Chhatra League General Secretary SM Jakir Hossain presented the organizational report at the opening ceremony, presided over by the organization’s President Saifur Rahman Sohag.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader also spoke on the occasion.
Councillors from 109 organizational units of the ruling party’s student wing from home and abroad are taking part in the two-day conference to get their next leadership.