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A quarter trying to carry out sabotage

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State Minister for Home Tanjim Ahmed Sohel Taj yesterday said 'a quarter' is trying to disrupt law and order to destabilise the country.
He made the comment while explaining the overall law and order situation on the heels of the recent gun battle between two feuding factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of ruling Awami League (AL), on Jahangirnagar University campus.
"A quarter is trying to carry out sabotage," Sohel Taj said adding, no one is above the law, and all trouble-makers, whoever they may be, will be treated equally.
He was talking to reporters after a meeting of the home ministry's monitoring cell dealing with sensational cases. The meeting was the cell's first since the new government had taken over the helm of the country.
Asked about the violent clashes of two BCL factions on JU campus, he said 'sabotage is taking place in many ways'.
He said, "I and my minister [the home minister] are determined not to have any tolerance for the culprits, no matter what party they belong to."
The state minister said police arrested 28 students and outsiders by raiding the JU campus due to 'the correct spirit of the government'.
Sohel Taj denied that police were idly standing by during the violence, and said, "We can't just rest on our laurels because the law and order situation has improved, but we also can't establish a society completely free of crime. It is not possible in the real world."
He claimed that law enforcing agencies are more active than before. "Both police and Rab [Rapid Action Battalion] have doubled the number of their patrols to curb criminal activities."
He also said cases like the August 21, 2004 grenade attack, nationwide bomb blasts on August 17, 2005, Kibria murder, Udichi bomb blast, and Ramna Batamul blast must be adjudicated to ensure law and order, and democracy.
Terming those attacks as attacks on the Bangalee culture and the justice system, he said the focus of probes should be to find out whether there was any link among the incidents, adding, the government is providing all kinds of support to law enforcers to that end.
Sohel Taj said, "There is a motive behind every incident, we have to look for the motives."
Chaired by the home minister, the meeting was also attended by the home secretary, law secretary, inspector general of police, director general of Rab, and other officials of the home ministry and police department.

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