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12:00 AM, December 19, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 19, 2018

Stop violence ahead of elections

Violence in the days leading up to the election is a common phenomenon in Bangladesh. The violent clashes between rival groups and parties happen because they want to establish their own dominance in a particular area.

Ordinary people are the ones who suffer from such clashes. At times, scores are injured and even killed due to such conflicts. In addition to instigating fear, such clashes often get extremely violent and threaten to destabilise law and order in the country as a whole.

In a democratic nation, no political party should condone such violence. But, far from trying to restrain themselves from resorting to violence, parties often, directly or indirectly, encourage their supporters to engage in violent acts in the name of protests. Instead of attempting to maintain peace, law enforcement agencies often take a side which contributes to the conflict flaring up.

We are so accustomed to such phenomena that we consider this as a norm—as if it's normal for such violent incidents to take place ahead of elections. The perpetrators almost always get away with committing such acts which greatly threaten public safety. When will politicians in this country do something about this?

 

Mukti Bosu, BSMRSTU

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