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None will be spared

  • Published at 06:32 pm August 11th, 2018
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Photo: MEHEDI HASAN

Many of these attacks have been caught on camera, showing the faces of those who carried out the assaults relatively clearly

There is absolutely no question that fighting deliberate and mass propagation of fake news is an important endeavour in maintaining peace. However, apprehending the perpetrators of physical violence is just as imperative.

“None will be spared, be they students, teachers, or political leaders.”

So said our home minister recently, referring to any and all who spread misinformation and rumours during the recent student protests throughout the city.

While fighting the bane of misinformation is a worthy goal, one that we as a news outlet fully endorse, we believe the more pressing concern right now is to track down the group that attacked both protesters and journalists out in broad daylight.

Many of these attacks have been caught on camera, showing the faces of those who carried out the assaults relatively clearly. It would behoove our law enforcers to make identifying these miscreants a high priority.

The administration has all the resources and the required manpower, but it is clear that they are being misused in pursuit of trickier, less clear endeavours.

By letting this crime go unnoticed and unpunished, the government is inadvertently setting a dangerous precedent to the attackers, most of whom we believe were ruling party cadres. If left unchecked, these attackers are sure to interpret the government’s inactivity as a gesture of impunity.

The melee observed during the quota reform protests was an example of the damage that BCL -- identified as the attackers -- can deal when left unchecked.

As things stand, the administration needs to forego political motivations and hunt down the attackers post haste. It has a moral responsibility towards its citizens to protect them, and so far they have nothing to show for.