01 Dec 2021, 20:22

Evil quarter trying to stigmatize students' movement: Hasan

  DHAKA, Dec 1, 2021 (BSS) - Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan 
Mahmud today said a vested quarter is trying to stigmatise the movement of 
the students. 

  "A quarter with vested interest is out to create chaos and stigmatise the 
students capitalising their movements for safe road ....It is evident from 
the Monday's night incident," he told while exchanging views with newsmen at 
his Secretariat office here.

  The minister greeted the journalists at the beginning of the month of 
victory and on the golden jubilee of the country's independence.

   Mentioning that students are staging agitation demanding half fare and 
safe road, the minister said, "Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed all 
concerned to implement the half fare for students in BRTC buses". 

   "Apart from this, the Dhaka Bus Owners Association has also declared that 
they will implement the half fare for students from today (Wednesday). I also 
hope that the bus owners of other cities including Chattogram will take the 
same decision," he added.

   But, a student was killed in a tragic road accident on Monday night, he 
said, praying salvation of the departed soul. 

   He said, according to the witnesses, the accident took place around 10:45 
pm on that night and 'Nirapad Sarak Chai', a facebook page, went on live at 
10:57 pm and the news was aired at 'Telegram' channel, run by Jamaat at 11 
pm. And the news was spread over all social platforms from the channel, he 

   He said, "Now it is a question that how the facebook page 'Nirapad Sarak 
Chai' reached the spot only after 12 minutes of the accident and aired live 
telecast and how Basher Killa, a facebook page of Jamaat, knew the incident 
only after 15 minutes? And how they torched 10 to 12 vehicles within 15 

   The minister said, "The students didn't torch the vehicles as they didn't 
reach the spot within 10 to 15 minutes. It is now a question that where the 
persons, who liked the facebook page that informed about the incident?"

     The minister urged all countrymen to remain alert against them.

   He said a case was filed and investigation is going on. 

   Legal actions would be taken against the culprits who were involved in the 
incident, said Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary.

   Replying to a query over Union Parishad polls, he said AL candidates have 
passed in the most UP polls and the rebel candidates are in the second 
position. BNP is also taking part in the election tactically without party 
symbol and Jatiya Party is also taking in the polls, he added.

  About the treatment of BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia, the minister said the 
Premier has shown her unprecedented generosity by extending Begum Khaleda 
Zia's release from jail. 

  He said Begum Zia is now undergoing treatment by his preferred doctors and 
hospital. Besides, the demand of sending Begum Zia abroad is political, not 
health related, he added.

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