Curfew temporary step against violence: CA | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, August 23, 2007 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 23, 2007

Curfew temporary step against violence: CA

It will be lifted immediately as situation improves

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed last night said curfew and closure of universities and colleges are temporary measures against violence and curfew will be withdrawn immediately after improvement of the situation.
"Showing utmost patience in the evolving situation, the government has taken measures, including the imposition of curfew, to protect public life and property and to stop illegal activities," he said in an address to the nation over state-owned radio and television.
The CA said the government hoped that the people irrespective of class and profession would extend all cooperation to the administration in maintaining peace and discipline in society and the trend of democratic and economic progress.
On Monday's Dhaka University incident, the head of the caretaker government said police and students were locked into clashes over an unwanted incident that continued until Tuesday.
Under the circumstances, Dr Fakhruddin said, the government Tuesday expressed deep regret and hastened to take steps in accordance with demand of the students of Dhaka University.
The measures included withdrawal of army camp from the campus, formation of a judicial inquiry commission to probe the incidents and taking action against the persons responsible for the incidents.
He said the army has also taken measures to punish the accused army person at the earliest through "Court of Inquiry".
As a sequel to the measures, the CA noted, the army camp was withdrawn completely from the campus yesterday and, at the same time, the government initiated a process of constituting a judicial inquiry commission led by a retired justice of the High Court.
"But, it's unfortunate that some evil forces and opportunist unruly people created anarchy in different parts of the country, including Dhaka, capitalising on the university incidents,' he said, adding that they resorted to destroying public and private property.
Fakhruddin further said the evil force defied government request for maintaining peace and discipline, refraining from unruly activities, destroying property and disturbing public life. 'Nevertheless, they attacked indiscriminately vehicles and passengers,' he said.
He said the present caretaker government took over seven months ago with the objective of attaining democratic and economic emancipation and establishing good governance. Since then, 'we've been working dedicatedly for welfare of the nation."
The chief adviser urged all to work unitedly to take the country towards peace and prosperity.

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