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Take steps to stop violence

supremecourt-bangladeshThe High Court yesterday asked the government to take necessary steps to stop the ongoing violence across the country in the name of hartal and blockade.
It also asked the government to ensure a violence-free environment for the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinees and take stern actions against those who have been creating impediment towards holding the ongoing SCC and its equivalent examinations. An HC Division bench comprising Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice ATM Saifur Rahman passed the order after hearing two separate writ petitions.
Shafiul Alam Khan Baku, president of the managing committee Ispahani High School, Keraniganj filed a petition seeking steps for holding the examinations in a violence-free environment while Shahinur Islam Shaheen, a resident of Keraniganj, filed the another petition seeking an end to violence.
Advocate Abdul Matin Khasru, Advocate Abdul Baset Majumdar and SM Rezaul Karim stood for the petitioners.
Some 162 people have been made respondents to the two petitions.  Secretaries for Home, Law, Education, Foreign Ministries, IGP, DG RAB DG BGB, all divisional Police Commissioners, DCs and SPs of all the districts, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Bikalpa Dhara president B Chowdhury, LDP leader Oli Ahmed, Major General Ibrahim(Retd), were among the respondents.
Besides, the court also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why hartal and blockade programmes during the ongoing SSC and its equivalent examinations should not be declared illegal and why the government should not be directed to take necessary steps in this regard.
Issuing another rule, the HC also asked the government to explain as to why violence, anarchy and subversive activities during hartal and blockade enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance should not be declared unlawful and against the constitution of the country.
Meanwhile, the HC also issued a separate rule asking the government to explain as to why BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and its alliance leaders would not be directed to provide compensations to victims of hartal and blockade programmes.
The directives came on the first day of the fresh 72-hour hartal called by the BNP-led 20-party alliance alongside an indefinite transport blockade.