Won't tolerate arson, terrorism before polls: PM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated that no mercy will be shown to those who will engage in arson, terrorism, and atrocities in the run-up to the next national election.
"There will be no scope left for mercy if arson terrorism or similar incidents or attacks take place before the election in the name of movement," she told a community reception hosted in honour of her at the Methodist Central Hall Westminster in London.
The premier reminded the countrymen that the BNP-Jamaat alliance carried out mayhem across the country by burning people to death, destroying public and private properties by hurling petrol bombs at public transport such as passenger buses, trains, and launches during 2013-14 in the name of movement.
Many people including women suffered critical burns in the arson attacks and have been leading lives in inhuman conditions, she said.
"We have no objection with your [BNP's] movement. You had earlier killed 29 police personnel. If any such attempt is made on the lives of my distressed people, no mercy will be shown," she said.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and AL Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap were present on the dais.
UK AL President Sultan Sharif presided over the function while General Secretary Syed Sajedur Rahman Faruk moderated it.