Take the people with you
We are deeply concerned over the statement made by Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed about evil forces trying to make a capital out of Dhaka University incident of August 20 by bankrolling crores of taka to wreak anarchy in the country on the following day. The allegations are of very serious nature. And although, as claimed by the army chief, the design has been 'foiled', the onus is now on the government to come out with credible evidence before the people to enable the formation of a greater public support behind the government's efforts.
Come as the allegations do from no less a person than the chief of army we take these very seriously. But would it not have been better if the 'conspiracy' had been probed first, the players identified and the facts established fully before making it public, in which case the element of surprise would have remained with the investigators. However, since the allegations of an attempted subversion have already been made, these must now be probed thoroughly and culprits exposed as this has to do with paramount national interests -- security and stability of the country.
In the past we have seen how Begum Khaleda Zia's government would see the hands of conspiracy behind all the big bomb blasts in the country and implicate reputed persons with charges that were to eventually prove false and fabricated.
We cannot, however, take the army chief's allegations of evil design behind the deteriorating scenario on the heels of DU incident in the same light as we did about the conspiracy theories touted by the erstwhile BNP-led coalition government. We would therefore urge the government to take a broader view of the whole spectrum of things and then unearth the full facts behind student protest that later turned into widespread vandalism, law enforcers' excesses and the attempts 'to fish in troubled waters' by any vested quarter. We think the lodging of cases against the unnamed thousands is absolutely the wrong way to proceed. It has generated panic among citizens.
Finally we think, the cases against the teachers must be proceeded with utmost care, being transparent and credible at every stage.