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Quader: Rape unacceptable, unaware of journo arrest

  • Published at 10:05 pm January 2nd, 2019
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader
File photo of Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader Dhaka Tribune

A woman was raped at Charjubli in Subarnachar upazila in Noakhali on Monday, allegedly by ruling party activists, for voting for the opposition party

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said the culprits behind the gang-rape of a woman in Noakhali will not be spared.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla at the secretariat on Wednesday, Quader said: “The administration is very alert about this.”

A woman was raped at Charjubli in Subarnachar upazila in Noakhali on Monday, allegedly by ruling party activists, for voting for the opposition party.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said: “I have heard about the incident. This is not my constituency, but it is my district. This is not acceptable. The culprits must be punished. No one of those who are guilty will be spared. I know how our leader feels about this.”

“I have talked to the inspector general of police. The deputy inspector general of police also visited the place. The government will take a strong stance against the culprits over this incident," he added.

Responding to a question about the arrest of a journalist in Khulna, he said he is yet to know about that.

The opposition Jatiya Oikya Front should reconsider their decision to refrain from taking oath, Quader said.

“Those elected in the parliamentary elections have people’s mandates. We expect them to show respect to the mandate. If they do not take oath, it will be a show of disrespect to the people,” he said.

Responding to another question about the size of the new cabinet, the minister said: “We have no idea. The prime minister will decide.”