'An investigation is underway against those committed who crimes together with Papia'
People behind the rise of Shamima Nur Papia, expelled general secretary of Jubo Mohila League's Narsingdi unit, will be brought to book, two high ranking government ministers said on Saturday.
In effect, search operations will continue till people involved in irregularities, crime and corruption are brought to book, they said.
"Not only Papia, but also those who were involved in the wrongdoings, crime, corruption, and the narcotics trade, are under security surveillance. Those behind Papia's ascent are not out of surveillance. Drives will continue till the targets are apprehended," said Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister, Obaidul Quader.
Addressing a press conference at the Awami League president's political office in Dhanmondi, Quader warned that if people representing the ruling party are found involved in the crimes sitting in any corner of the country, they will not be spared.
"They have already come under our close watch. Drives will be conducted against them in phases," he added.At the same time, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said a drive is already underway following Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's instructions to remove criminals from the party.
"The party is embarrassed by the morally wrong activities of suspended Jubo Mohila League leader Shamima Nur Papia. Not only Papia, but also the godfathers of crime will be brought to book. No one will be spared," he said, inaugurating a new police station in Darshana, Chuadanga.
Quader's take on current issues
Addressing Saturday's press conference, Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader said BNP was protesting against the courts, not against any political party or political figures.
"They are organizing protest activities because Khaleda Zia was denied bail by the court," he said.
Regarding the latest price hike in water and electricity, he said the price was hiked a bit to ensure a continuous supply of water and electricity.
"There will be no stress among people because of a 'slight' price increase of water and electricity. The price of water was hiked in an effort to adjust the production cost," he said.
When asked whether there will be any adverse impact on the Padma Bridge construction because of a coronavirus outbreak, Quader said nearly one thousand Chinese nationals work at the Padma Bridge project.
"An estimated 150 of them went to their homeland on vacations. If the situation does not improve in the next two months, it will have a slight effect on Padma bridge construction work,” he said.