Anarchy won't be tolerated in name of hartal
Urging BNP to discuss the caretaker government issue in parliament, State Minister for Home Shamsul Hoque Tuku said any sort of anarchy in the name of hartal would not be tolerated.
He made the comment at a press briefing at his secretariat office in the city yesterday following a meeting with the chiefs of law enforcing agencies.
BNP and its key ally Jamaat-e-Islami on Wednesday called dawn-to-dusk hartal across the country for June 5 demanding the caretaker system to hold parliamentary elections.
The decision came when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told a parliamentary committee that her government would go by the recent Supreme Court judgement that declared the caretaker system illegal.
A meeting source said Tuku asked the chiefs to check any anarchy on the night before hartal as the government observed that hartal activists went on rampage at different points in the city to create panic among people.
He said the caretaker government issue is still at discussion level so there is no reason to call hartal.
The county's citizens have the right to move freely using vehicles and carry out trade, he said, adding that law enforcing agencies are tasked with ensuring citizens' rights.
When questioned why the June 5 hartal would be called ill motivated when Awami League earlier called hartal for caretaker government system, he gave no direct reply.