Taking a jibe at her political arch rival Khaleda Zia, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today called the BNP chief a psychopath for her tendency to kill people and said she needs to correct herself.
The premier made the scathing remarks while distributing cheques of financial assistance at a function at Sarda Police Academy in Rajshahi to the families of those killed and injured by BNP and Jamat-Shibir terrorists before and after the 5th January national election in the district.
The families of five people killed and 93 others injured in attacks carried out by BNP-Jamaat and Shibir men received cheques of financial assistance from the Prime Minister.
Hasina said the BNP leader claimed that her movement to resist the January 5 election was successful. "She (Khaleda) is claiming herself successful after killing a good number of people…she herself doesn’t know how many people she killed," the premier said.
Branding BNP-Jamaat-Shibir men as animals, Hasina said, "They’re just doing what was done in 1971 by Pakistani occupation forces."
Claiming that the BNP-Jamaat had no public support in their movement, she said, "Political parties should do politics with support from the mass people."
Hasina reiterated that BNP and Jamaat-Shibir cannot foil the ongoing trial of the war criminals although they are trying to protect them through unleashing violence and killing people in the name of movement.
They are carrying out the destructive activities to protect the war criminals which they cannot do at all, she said.
Hasina said BNP and Jamaat-Shibir unleashed violence at different parts of the country killing many people and damaging their houses and property. “Their aim was to foil the 10th parliamentary elections, but they failed as the general people did not respond to the undemocratic movement.”
Criticising the BNP leader for her role in attacking general people and minorities, the prime minister said, members of the army, BGB and police were also not spared from their attacks, which is very sad.
Hasina called upon people to put up a strong resistance against the destructive activities of the BNP and the anti-liberation forces Jamaat and Shibir.
Mentioning some recent incidents of attacks with petrol bombs, Sheikh Hasina said BNP-Jamaat introduced such a barbaric system casting a dangerous impact on society.
She said it is BNP-Jamaat that established terrorism and militancy and Bangla Bhai when they were in power during 2001-2006.
Referring to Khaleda Zia’s recent remarks on her so-called success of movements, Sheikh Hasina said BNP leader claimed success by killing people.
The prime minister called upon BNP and its allies to shun the path of destructive politics and said political parties must conduct their activities earning the support of the general people.
One of the victims, Shahidul Islam, was injured critically with his younger brother and four other Awami League workers as Shibir hooligans attacked his house at the dead of night on March 17, 2013.
The criminals hurled bombs on the house, severed their tendons, and chopped them indiscriminately leaving all in a pool of blood. “Shahid is now recovering after intensive care at National Orthopedic Hospital in Dhaka.”
Another injured man, Enamul Haque, of Binodpur Bazar lost her right eye in the bomb attack of Jamaat-Shibir men. Enamul suffered injuries with nine others when Shibir activists attacked Awami league office on February 17, 2013.
Jamaat-Shibir men torched the house of Pervin Begum at Shibir stronghold Budpara on the midnight of December 12, 2013 after the execution of war criminal and Jamaat leader Abul Quader Mollah.
Shibir activists stormed into the house of Moinul Haque, a teacher of Mirzapur High School and College, and chopped him indiscriminately. He had to take long stitches in 27 areas of his body, including hands, legs and head.
The Jamaat-Shibir men retaliated against Abdul Khaleq, president of kotakhali unit of Awami League under Paba thana, putting his house on fire after the killing of Shibir leader and accused in a number of murder cases, Ziarul, on March last year.