This kind of violence risks turning the country into a battlefield
Once again, violence has taken centre stage.
With the campaigning for Bangladesh’s 11th parliamentary elections under way, it is disheartening to see that there are so many people among us who feel it acceptable to undermine the democratic process.
In places such as Pabna, Brahmanbaria, Noakhali, and Khagrachhari, among others, motorcades and campaigns of both Jatiya Oikya Front and Awami League leaders, including that of Dr Kamal Hossain, were attacked by miscreants, resulting in at least 35 people being injured in the process.
And this was on the fourth day of campaigning alone.
This is unacceptable behaviour, which should be made clear to whoever wishes to continue in this manner in the days leading up to the election on December 30.
Law enforcement agencies must come down hard on those responsible and bring them to book so that these activities do not persist.
Furthermore, all parties and candidates also have a duty to ensure that their followers and supporters understand the harm this sort of conduct causes, hurting the credibility of the elections.
This kind of violence risks turning the country into a battlefield, as we have seen in the past, and also steals from the citizens of this country the right to vote, demeaning the sanctity of the democratic values on which this country was founded in the process.
There is absolutely no room for violence of any kind in the run up to the elections, and administrative and law enforcement agencies must work together to ensure that remains the case.