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Quader: Chhatra League will face justice if involved in journo attack

  • Published at 07:07 pm August 6th, 2018
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Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader and other senior party leaders at a press briefing at the party's Dhanmondi office, August 6, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh Road Transport Authority offices will remain open from 9am to 9pm, six days a week, the minister says

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said that if any member of Chhatra League, the party's student wing, is found involved in Sunday's attacks on journalists, they will face justice.

Quader, also the road transport minister, was speaking at a press briefing at the party president's political office in Dhaka's Dhanmondi yesterday afternoon.

Journalists were assaulted in Dhaka on Sunday while covering student protests for road safety.

“Show me evidence ; tell me who were involved in attacks. If any Chhatra League activists found involved, I will bring them to book,” Obaidul said in a defiant tone.

The ruling party’s chief spokesperson claimed that no actual protester, except of infiltrators, is demonstrating anymore.

“It became clear like daylight that BNP is conspiring to infiltrate an apolitical movement to unseat the government when you see Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir [BNP secretary general]had publicly endorsed a provocative statement issued by Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury [BNP’s standing committee member].”

During the briefing, he also showed a paper cutting of two men, whom he identified as “infiltrators” in the movement. 

According to Obaidul, one of them is joint general secretary of Dhaka College Chhatra Dal.

BRTA office to remain open from 9am-9pm, six days a week

Obaidul said the road transport law that was passed by the cabinet earlier yesterday would allow for criminal prosecution of road accident cases.

The authorities will continue issuing new licences, licence renewal and vehicle fitness checking until further instructions, he said.

“Bangladesh Road Transport Authority offices will remain open from 9am to 9pm, six days a week,” he said.