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An unacceptable response

  • Published at 07:02 pm July 24th, 2018
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An attack on the court grounds disrespects not only the PM’s words, but the sanctity of the law of the land

The attack on Amar Desh Acting Editor Mahmudur Rahman on the premises of a Kushtia court shows a regrettable disregard for due process and the rule of law.

Even worse, this happened after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has clearly and unequivocally stated that violence or vandalism committed by students will not be tolerated in any shape or form.

Are members of the Bangladesh Chhatra League acting in clear disregard of their party chief’s explicit order? It certainly looks that way.

After the vice chancellor’s house was vandalized earlier this year, the prime minister did not mince her words, saying: “No one will be spared, no matter what organization they belong to.”

She was right then and she would be right now to take a zero tolerance approach to BCL violence.

This kind of unlawful activity on the part of their student wing does incalculable damage to the ruling party and indeed the government.

At the end of the day, the fact that they would contemptuously flout their party chief’s order and act as a law unto themselves is utterly unacceptable on any level.

Mahmudur Rahman has serious and credible charges against him, but for that he is answerable in a court of law.

It is not the responsibility of the public or any student organization to mete out justice, as they see fit. To do so is nothing short of an insult to the judiciary and an affront to the rule of law.

Assaults on citizens, whatever the crimes or character of the individual in question may or may not be, is neither justice nor politics -- it is simply hooliganism.

When certain members of the BCL take the law into their own hands and continue on the path of reckless vigilantism, their actions can only be seen as a flagrant violation of the prime minister’s orders.