The Prime Minister’s Office today dismissed Indian media reports claiming there was a plot to assassinate Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on August 24.
“The reports are confusing, motivated and baseless,” said a press release signed by Mohammad Ashraful Alam, deputy press secretary to the premier.
The PMO requested the media to “exercise caution and judgement in distributing such confusing information that goes against the interest of national security”.
“On September 23, 2017, some news outlets of Bangladesh quoted a foreign television channel and an international online media to report of a failed attempt to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on August 24, 2017,” the press release read.
“Some television channels aired programmes and talk shows associating a special force with the so-called failed attempt on the life of honourable prime minister,” it read.
“It is hereby to inform that the news of a failed attempt on the life of honourable prime minister on August 24, 2017 is completely baseless, confusing and motivated.”
“It is never expected that a responsible person or media outlet will propagate such confusing news that goes against the interest of national security. We are specially requesting all to exercise caution and employ judgemental media policy before publishing such baseless and confusing news.”
According to the Indian media report, that quoted four intelligence sources from Bangladesh and India, six to seven personnel of the Special Security Force (SSF) were preparing to attack Hasina on August 24.
However, her loyalists and top counter-terrorism officers in Dhaka foiled the “plot”, said the report, prepared by former BBC journalist Subir Bhaumik.