Dhaka – Law enforcement agencies will soon launch a nationwide search operations at all dorms of public universities to dismantle illicit activities by a section of students.
“I will ask the enforcement agencies to begin search operation at very educational institutes. We need to know who these trouble makers are,” Hasina told a news conference in Dhaka on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister’s remarks came two days after a second-year student of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology was beaten to death by a group of ruling Awami League supporters over the victim’s social media post criticizing a recent water-sharing deal with neighbouring India.
Abrar Fahad, a student of electrical and electronic department, was found dead at his hostel in Dhaka on early Monday hours after he was called in by a group of activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League.
Hasina promised to go tough on the troublemakers irrespective of their political affiliation. Criminals will be handled in an iron fist no matter whether they are members of my party.
Terming the murder extremely cruel and mindless, she said the perpetrators of Abrar killing will get the toughest possible punishment. She added that she had taken the matter the way a mother takes it.
“I can feel the pain of the parents who lost their child,” she said.
To a question, the prime minister ruled out the possibility of imposing ban on student politics in the educational institutes as a section of people have been asking for a moratorium on the activities of student organizations.
Students in Bangladesh historically paved the ways for all democratic movements, and therefore imposing ban on student politics will not yield anything good.
The student politics helps create new leaders of the nation, it is a process of learning, said Hasina who was also a student leader during her college time.
The military rulers used to impose ban on politicians in the past as part of the process of de-politicization. “We will not do it,” she said.
But, if the BUET authorities want, they can ban it. The university has its authority to decide whether they will allow student politics or not.