Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Wednesday said the government has no plan to relocate Khaleda Zia from Old Dhaka Central Jail.
He said this in response to questions of reporters during the 23rd anniversary ceremony of the Bangladesh Coast Guard in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka.
In response to BNP's allegation that Khaleda Zia has been kept in unsafe and unhealthy conditions, the minister said: "Dhaka Central Jail is the safest prison and the environment is not unhealthy there.”
“Where Khaleda Zia was kept is a new building and was previously a children’s daycare centre. All the facilities supported by law are provided for her so the government has no plans to relocate her,” he added.
When asked about the main culprits behind the question paper leaks he said: “We are working with the education ministry and hopefully will catch them soon.”
Commenting on the continued influx of Rohingya refugees in spite of the inception of repatriation talks, the home minister said: “It was in the thousands before now it moved down to hundreds. Hopefully it will stop soon.”
Regarding the Rohingya repatriation issue, the home minister went to Myanmar and the home minister of Myanmar visited Dhaka.
When asked about the progress on this issue, he said: “I went to Myanmar to discuss this issue. There we discussed 10 points. That discussion is still in progress. We will talk again.”
Earlier, the home minister inaugurated the 23rd founding anniversary of the Coast Guard at its headquarters in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar.
In his speech, the minister said: "The Coast Guard has reached the place of people's confidence and trust. Surveillance in rivers and seas has increased. Once Chittagong port was known as a risky port. That situation no longer exists due to the Coast Guard. Drug smuggling on marine routes are significantly low now and it is possible for our Coast Guard. The Coast Guard is working to implement the government's blue economy plan.”
He further stated that the government plans to appoint the Coast Guard's own personnel.
This article was first published on banglatribune.com.