PM orders stern action against criminals

PM orders stern action against criminals

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday directed the law-enforcement agencies for taking stern actions against those indulging in crimes, including terrorism, militancy, drug smuggling and anti-social activities irrespective of their party affiliations.
“We must maintain the law and order…stern actions must be taken against those indulging in terrorism, militancy, drug smuggling or anti-social acts, no matter who they are,” she said.
The Prime Minister’s directive came during a videoconferencing from the Cabinet Division with members of Barguna and Lalmonirhat District Development Coordination Committees, Rangpur Division Commissioner and the DIG of Rangpur Range, the Barisal Divisional Commissioner, the DIG Barisal Range and Barisal Metropolitan Police Commissioner and public representatives of Barguna and Lalmonirhat districts.
The directive has also preceded the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s planned movement to press the demand for fresh free, fair and inclusive elections. The alliance had boycotted the January 05 elections last year as it was organised by doing away with the system of election under non-partisan caretaker administration.While interacting with the Rangpur Divisional Commissioner and the DIG of Rangpur Range, Hasina recalled the violence unleashed by BNP-Jamaat in 2013 in that area to thwart the January-5 polls and said her government wants no reoccurrence of such incident. “Punitive measures are being taken against those responsible for killings.”
Referring to the recent killings of Jubo League and Sramik League leaders, Hasina said, “There’s a clear directive, I don’t want to know who (criminal) belongs to which party. You’ll (law-enforcement agencies) arrest those committing crimes…just remain careful so that no one is spared.”
She said the problem of staying in power is that some people label themselves as permanent government party and thus the blame for the crime goes to the government. “Get tough and spare no one…you don’t need to work seeing someone’s face, you must work neutrally. If a peaceful environment prevails, development works in the country will get accelerated.”
She also directed the administration to distribute warm clothes to people preferably above 60 and the physically-challenged ones.
Hasina directed the local administration to stay alert so that development projects are implemented properly and in time, and he sought the cooperation of all in this regard.
About the southern region’s region, Hasina said her government would do whatever necessary for the progress of this region as it had long been neglected.
The Prime Minister directed the Barisal division administration to monitor and expedite the overall infrastructural development of this region, including the construction of multipurpose cyclone shelters.
She said a cantonment, one port, a coal-fired power plant, and shipbuilding and ship-recycling industries are being set up in the southern region, and requested the public representatives to frequently visit the community health clinics so that rural people get their due services.
Hasina said Bangladesh Coast Guard is being strengthened to curb piracies in the coastal region, and stressed the need for extracting fish resources from the deep sea following a vast gain of maritime areas, setting up a green belt with tress in the coastal region.
Highlighting the importance of Lalmonirhat district for having the Burimari Land Port, she said this land port would play an important role in expanding trade and commerce with Bhutan and Nepal, and necessary road and rail infrastructures would be improved in the area.- UNB

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