The country still remembers the unfortunate political violence of 2014 and 2015 carried out by members of BNP.
We certainly do not want a repeat of those events.
Irrespective of the verdict on the graft case against Khaleda Zia, we hope that violence and vandalism in any shape or form will not be tolerated, and BNP needs to respect that fact.
It is dismaying to hear some ward-level BNP leaders say they are prepared to engage in tough agitation if Khaleda is convicted, even though the BNP chief herself has called for peaceful, non-violent protests.
Indeed, BNP would be wise to not choose the path of confrontation -- it has not won over the public in the past, and will not do so this time.
With the election coming up later this year, BNP will need the goodwill and support of the public, and violent agitation in the streets or protests that spiral out of control will only relinquish any moral high ground for the party.
On the other hand, it is up to the government to ensure that there is adequate law enforcement in place to ensure that citizens are protected and remain safe.
Any violence or heavy-handedness on part of BCL should also not be excused -- enforcing order on the streets is strictly a job for law enforcement.
The police should also remain vigilant that human rights are protected.
It is imperative the rule of law is respected, and our streets do not descend into chaos.