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Tk 1 lakh reward for capture of anarchists

Tk 1 lakh will be given as reward for anyone who can help in arrest of those involved in

subversive activities, a minister said today in wake of violence caused during the BNP-
led 20-party alliance’s countrywide nonstop blockade.

“We will give Tk 1 lakh as reward if anyone can help the law enforcement agencies to

arrest the anarchists red handed,” Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu said today after

chairing a cabinet body meeting on law and order situation of the country.

At least 26 people, 16 of whom were innocents, died in political violence throughout the

country since the inception of the opposition alliance’s blockade that entered 16th day

today.

Ruling party lawmakers had said tough measures would be taken to curb this violence.

Meanwhile, paramilitary Border Guard Battalion (BGB) has already announced of

shooting arsonists “for the sake of people’s security”.

In view of the current law and order situation sliding since the first anniversary of

January 5 election earlier this month, a cabinet body meeting was held at the home

ministry today.

After the meeting, Minister Amu briefed journalists and announced of the reward.

Amu, also a presidium member of the ruling Awami League, expressed grave concern

over the current political situation and said that the practice of healthy politics is on the

verge of obliteration if the prevailing trend is continued.

On a separate note, the minister said around 7,015 activists and leaders of the BNP

and the Jamaat-e-Islami have been detained so far across the country for their alleged

involvement with the recent occurrences of violence.

He alleged that the BNP-Jamaat alliance is running the practice of unhealthy politics by

hiring troublemakers in exchange of money.

The political situation of the country heated up once again, a year after the January 5

elections since the start of this year with the 10th polls’ first anniversary – the day ruling

Awami League labels as “democracy saving day” and the BNP as “democracy killing

day”.

Though BNP chief Khaleda Zia is now apparently free from confinement, she declared

that their agitation would continue for a fresh participatory polls under nonpartisan body.