Don't Blame AL for Pabna Incident: Imam
Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina's advisor HT Imam has claimed that Awami League leaders are not responsible for the attack on district administration officials on Sep 17.

He made the claim at a press briefing following a two and half hour-long closed-door meeting with administration officials, including the deputy commissioner, on Monday afternoon.

"Already steps have been taken against those responsible. No one will be spared if the government's image is tainted. Everyone will have to take responsibility for his actions," added Imam, who advises prime minister Sheikh Hasina on establishment.

However, the former bureaucrat also said that officials have alleged that the media have 'added colour' to the incident.

When asked whether the demand by Juba League and Chhatra League activists to transfer district administration officials will be met, Imam said, "Transfers are common in government jobs. Anyone can be transferred at any time. However, no transfers will be made as punitive measures for the incident."

But, already Pabna Sadar Upazila executive officer Abdul Alim has been transferred. This is the first measure since pro-Awami League Juba League and Chhatra League activists foiled the test for recruiting clerks at the deputy commissioner's office on Sep 17.

The establishment ministry in an order on Monday sent him to Monpura of Bhola. Earlier in the day, Imam and home state minister and Pabna MP Shamsul Hoque Tuku reached Pabna to try and ease tension between the district administration officials and the ruling party activists.

It has been learnt that administrative activities in the district have apparently come to a standstill due to the prevailing conflict between deputy commissioner A F M Manjur Qadir and local MP Ghulam Faruk Khandaker Prince.
Chhatra and Juba League activists allegedly injured at least 15 people, including additional deputy commissioner Bijay Bhushan Pau,l and a few candidates were injured in the Sep 17 attack.

They also went on the rampage through two examination centres at Pabna Zilla School and Government Girls' High School and vandalised at least four vehicles belonging to top district administration officials.

On the same day, Pabna district administration executive magistrates Sarwar Alam and Moinul Hossain filed two cases with Pabna Sadar police under the Speedy Trial Act against 32 pro-government activists. Police arrested five activists over the incident.

Pabna Sadar police chief Badruddoza said that a charge sheet accusing 32 activists of the Awami League's youth and student wings had been prepared for two cases under the speedy trial act.

On Sunday, 21 pro-government activists accused of vandalism surrendered to court and were later sent to jail.

Although the situation has calmed down since the surrender of ruling party activists, the DC is still attending office under police protection.


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