Govt surely to try war criminals
The Awami League (AL) government will not only try war criminals but also pulverize all anti-liberation forces from the society, said the Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday.
“Our government will definitely hold the trial of war criminals,” she said at a reception accorded to her by Bangladesh Mahila Samity in the city at the Samity's Neelima Ibrahim Auditorium at Natak Sarani.
“We have to dig deeper into the root causes of militancy, terrorism, extortion and track down godfathers,” she said adding, “We have to eliminate the anti-liberation forces once and for all.”
Seeking people's cooperation in her fight Sahara Khatun said that she would look into the legal and technical pitfalls why and how criminals get off scot-free.
Justice Qazi Ebadul Haq, present as the chief guest at the reception, said that Bangladesh police administration is still run by archaic police act of 1861 and police regulations of 1940.
Calling upon the Home Minister for modernisation of the country's police force, he said, “Mere commitment of the rulers will not do, government has to revamp and reform the police force so that the criminals cannot get away with criminal offences.”
That the basic principle of the government is it should become the guardian of the law-abiding people and punish the violators of rules of law, he said.
Mahila Samity organised the reception for Sahara Khatun to honour her for becoming the first ever woman home minister in the country. Sahara Khatun had also been the general secretary of the samity for long.
Samity's vice-presidents Prof. Momtaz Begum, TN Rashid, Shamsunnahar Siddiq and general secretary in-charge Tania Bakht, among others, spoke while its president Selina Khaleq presided over the ceremony.