The fight against militancy is one of the most crucial fights for Bangladesh right now.
With the attacks on Holey Artisan Bakery and Sholakia Eidgah still fresh in our memories, and a recent spate of militant busts around the capital, the government must treat the rise of militancy with the seriousness it deserves.
What is unfortunate, however, is that, over the last few years, more than 400 militants have fled after they had exploited legal loopholes to arrange bail.
We cannot allow for this sort of thing to happen if we are to send a message.
These militants will no doubt be back on the street, with their respective groups, back to their terroristic activities.
How were so many militants able to escape the system?
Our justice system should not remain lax on the matter -- we need to constantly be alert and on our toes.
Letting such dangerous people to exploit legal loopholes and make bail only emboldens terrorists and would-be terrorists, allowing them to go into hiding and restart militant activities.
It is, no doubt, of the greatest importance to uphold civil rights, but that should not mean the system letting itself be manipulated by those who seek to destroy our society.
We are living in times when anti-terrorism is an utmost priority for the government -- that means extra vigilance from all sides. There cannot be any room for error.
Indeed, it would be unconscionable if more innocent lives were lost at the hands of militants -- militants who escaped the legal system on a mere technicality.