Information and Broadcasting Minister and Awami League Joint General Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud on Sunday said the arson attacks can be stopped only through bringing the arsonists and their patrons to justice.
"BNP-Jamaat cannot hear the screams of the victims of arson attacks… they must be brought to book to stop the arson attacks," he said while addressing a human chain and discussion organized by 'Agnisanthraser Artonad' in front of Central Shaheed Minar in the capital.
Speakers of the programme demanded exemplary punishment of BNP-Jamaat miscreants who are carrying out arson attacks along with their patrons, reports BSS.
Justice Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik, Advocate Khodeza Nasrin Akther, MP, Dhaka University former vice chancellor Dr Akhtaruzzaman, AL executive committee member Anowar Hossain, Jatiya Press Club general secretary Shyamol Dutta, Runi Begum, mother of arson attack victim Nahid, and victim Salauddin Bhuiyan, among others, addressed the rally.
Dr Hasan said the BNP-Jamaat had carried out arson attacks in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The arson attacks would not have happened in 2023 if the trials of the previous attacks were held under speedy trial tribunal, he said.
"At that time the arson attacks were carried out at the directives of Begum Khaleda Zia, and now, the attacks are being carried out as instructed by Tarique Rahman," the minister said.