Ramu Violence: Those attacked Buddhists to be brought to book: Alamgir
CHITTAGONG, Oct 7 (UNB): Home Minister Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir Sunday said those who want to block the trial of war criminals and create anarchy in the country carried out the attacks on Buddhists in Ramu.
“Those attacked the Buddhists and their pagodas in Ramu will be brought to book, no matter how powerful they are,” he said.
The minister was talking to reporters after attending the closing ceremony of parade of the BGB 81st batch recruits at Border Guard Training Centre at Satkania.
In reply to a query, he said local Awami League men had brought out a procession in Ramu, protesting the uploading of photograph on the facebook disgracing holy Qur’an before the violence erupted.
“But, they (AL men) were not involved in the attacks,” he said, adding that if anyone of the ruling party is found involved in the attacks after investigation, he or she will not be spared.
In reply to another query, the Home Minister said a body, headed by the additional divisional commissioner of Chittagong, has been formed to investigate whether there was any negligence on the part of the administration during the Ramu incident. “Action will be taken if anyone was found guilty after investigation.”
About the killing of journalist couple Sagar-Runi, he said those involved in the killing would be brought to book very soon, and urged the journalists to wait until October 10.
Earlier, the Home Minister took salute from the neophyte BGB men at the closing ceremony of parade as the chief guest.
He said the BGB men play a significant role during the country’s natural disasters apart from guarding the border.
Terming BGB ‘a well-organised, disciplined, powerful and patriotic force’, Dr Alamgir wished it further success.
Meanwhile, the Home Minister said a new unit of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) will be stationed in Khagrachhari to curb crimes.
He made the announcement while addressing a views-exchange meeting at the Ethnic Minorities Cultural Institute in the district town around noon.
The Home Minister said criminal activities, including extortion, in the hill areas will not be tolerated at all. “A new RAB unit will be stationed in Khagrachhari to tackle crimes,” he said.
About land disputes in the hill districts, he said the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Land Dispute Resolution Commission has been formed and it will gradually settle the disputes.
Dr Alamgir also urged all to maintain communal harmony in the district at any cost.
CHT Affairs Task Force Chairman Jyotindra Lal Tripura MP, Zilla Parishad Chairman Kujendra Lal Tripura, acting police super Joynul Abedin, district Awami League general secretary Zahidul Alam and Matiranga Upazila chairman Shamsul Haque were present, among others, at the meeting held with Deputy Commissioner M Anis-ul Haque Bhuiyan in the chair.