Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday described former premier Khaleda Zia’s sentence by a court as natural consequence of her misdeeds in the past.
“Those who plundered public funds and burnt people to death face such consequences,” Hasina said referring to misappropriation of funds during her arch political rival’s tenure in office and the deaths of people in firebombs during the oppositions’ actions in early 2015.
“Where is she (Khaleda) now?,” she asked a crowd of thousands of people in southern Barisal district as she was addressing a rally few hours after a Dhaka court sentenced Khaleda, also the chief of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, to five years in prison for embezzling funds meant for orphans.
Khaleda was transported to a Dhaka jail soon after the verdict was pronounced by a special court in the Zia Orphanage Trust case.
“The throne of the almighty Allah gets shaken when one carries out repression on people,” she said referring to brutality during the street agitations in 2015 that left more than 130 people in firebombs.
Hasina accused Khaleda of looting public property while she was in power.
She said, “Bangladesh is not a place for looters, militants and terrorists and those who eat up orphans’ money,” she said.
Awami League Barisal District unit organized the rally after she opened a new cantonment in Patuakhali and 39 development projects in Barisal.
Hasina, also the chief of ruling Awami League, said her party being rooted among people always took forward the country and wondered if the foundation laying of 39 projects in Barisal would ever have been possible unless Awami League was not in power.
She listed the development projects that her government took up in Barisal to improve the entire southern part of the country and sought people’s support to form government against through the next general elections due by the end of the year.
“Barisal was once a neglected region. The present government embarked on massive development works here. There is now no river in Barisal without having bridges,” she said adding that a bridge would be constructed as well to link Barisal with Bhola.
She promised to ensure gas supply to Barisal from Bhola through pipeline to develop industries.