'Such horrible acts cannot be committed by normal people'
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said the government does not want to see people burning alive in the name of resisting the election and ousting the administration, as in 2014 and 2015.
"We saw the horrible picture of a man burning alive. Such horrible acts cannot be committed by normal people. What happened in Bangladesh in 2014 and 2015 was unbelievable. We do not want such incidents to take place in the future," she said.
The prime minister made the remarks while addressing the closing ceremony of the 107th, 108th and 109th Law and Administration Courses at Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy, reports UNB.
She said 3,900 people were injured and 500 killed in 2014, while hundreds of institutions, vehicles, trains, coaches, and launches were demolished.
Hasina added that voting is one of the basic rights of the people, and they will cast their votes for whomever they like. "Let the democratic trend to continue in the country. If it continues, then the development of the country will be maintained."
The prime minister asked newly recruited public servants of the country to perform their duties with the aim of developing Bangladesh, while imbued with patriotism and affection for the people. "Honesty is the real power. You have to discharge your responsibilities with sincerity and a dutiful attitude towards people."
Sheikh Hasina further said public servants need to build the country in such a way that its people can walk in the world arena with dignity.
She also directed the employees of the republic to remain vigilant against terrorism, militancy, and drugs. "The drives against these menaces will continue."
In addition, the prime minister stressed the need for ridding the country of corruption.
Briefly describing the various development activities conducted by her government to make Bangladesh a developing country, the prime minister said that Bangladesh will no longer enjoy beneficial trade facilities as a Least Developed Country (LDC) soon. "We will not require those facilities at all when we become a developing country."
State Minister for Public Administration Ministry Ismat Ara Sadique, Public Administration Secretary Faiz Ahmed, and Rector of the Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy M Mosharaf Hossain also spoke at the program.
Earlier, the prime minister distributed certificates among the participants of the courses.