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PM: 1,241 jailed over BNP-Jammat’s subversive activities

  • ‘188 killed, 4,973 others injured by the BNP-Jamaat’s terrorists’
  • 8,105 cases filed against miscreants, says PM

 

Update : 07 Feb 2024, 10:39 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said that 1,241 people were sentenced to different terms as a trial of 1,967 cases was completed so far in connection with the BNP-Jamaat’s subversive activities between 2012 and 2015.

She said this in reply to a question of the ruling Awami League MP elected from Madaripur-2, Shajahan Khan, during the PM’s question-answer session.

Khan wanted to know what measures have been taken against those involved in the subversive activities of the BNP-Jamaat in the name of the so-called democratic movement from 2012 to 2015 and from October 28, 2023, to January 7 this year.

In her reply, the prime minister said a total of 188 people killed while 4,973 others were injured in the hands of the BNP-Jamaat’s terrorists during their so-called democratic movement between 2012 and 2015 and from October 28, 2023, to the January 7 national election.

“A total of 8,105 cases were filed against those involved in these acts of sabotage. Of these, trials in 1,967 cases have been completed, and 1,241 people have been sentenced to various terms of imprisonment,” she added.

The premier also said an investigation is going on regarding the cases filed between October 28, 2023, and January 7.

Sheikh Hasina, who is also the leader of the House, said the BNP and its allies have indulged in the evil game of arson-terrorism, killing innocent people and members of law enforcement agencies through irrational movements in the name of resisting the elections.

In response to a query from AL MP Md Abdullah, elected from Lakshmipur-4, the Prime Minister said that in recent times, the BNP-Jamaat and their allies have been trying to disrupt the 12th national elections by destabilising the country in the name of arson attacks, hartals, and blockades.

“They caused huge damage to people's lives and property by setting fire to trains and killing innocent people, uprooting train lines and damaging track plates, and vandalising various public and private buildings and vehicles, including the Chief Justice's residence and Rajarbagh Central Police Hospital,” she added.

She said that on October 28, 2023, more than 600 vehicles were vandalized across the country through violent activities.

Besides, 328 vehicles, including 184 passenger buses, 48 trucks, 28 covered vans, three CNGs, four private cars, 11 pickups, five trains, 15 motorcycles, three lagunas, one ward councillor office, one autorickshaw, one high school, 12 primary schools, four homes, one Buddhist temple, and one boat, were set on fire.

Sheikh Hasina also said many people, including drivers, helpers, police, BGB workers, and freedom fighters, were killed, injured, or crippled during their blockades and hartals.

“13 people were killed in those incidents. Among them, nine people were killed in train sabotage.”

Pointing out that the country has efficient law enforcement agencies, a judicial system, and existing laws to identify and punish those involved in crimes like arson, vandalism, and subversive activities, the prime minister said the legal process is going on to take proper measures against those involved in subversive activities under the existing law.

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