Enquiry into allegations against AL members

The police should be fully empowered to enforce law and order, without fear of political interference

Allegations that members of the AL have been involved in extortion and violence against local people in Gopalganj and Jessore warrant a full and open investigation.

Two AL members named in these allegations, a union General Secretary in Goplaganj and a former AL MP who ran as an independent candidate in the 10th parliamentary election in Obhoynagar, Jessore, have forcefully denied all accusations as false rumours.

In Obhoynagar, where attackers burned and looted the homes of local Hindus, the new Awami League MP, Ranajit Kumar Roy, was among locals accusing a fellow party supporter of involvement in the notorious attacks, adding to speculation that the police have been lax in investigating allegations against AL supporters.

While it is not possible to substantiate the claims made by witnesses, it is apparent that an oppressive climate has been generated by the attacks, which may be deterring people from filing formal complaints. It is incumbent on the police to reassure the public that their voices will be heard and full and proper investigations pursued.

Accusations of extortion and hooliganism by members of political parties are a widespread problem, whichever party is in power. The only effective solution to this problem is that the police should be fully empowered to enforce law and order, without fear of political interference.

Moreover, as the ruling AL projects itself as a guarantor of communal harmony, it has added reason to ensure that any allegations that its members have been involved in seeking to grab property and harass minority communities, are fully and properly investigated.

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The police should be fully empowered to enforce law and order, without fear of political interference

Allegations that members of the AL have been involved in extortion and violence against local people in Gopalganj and Jessore warrant a full and open investigation.

Two AL members named in these allegations, a union General Secretary in Goplaganj and a former AL MP who ran as an independent candidate in the 10th parliamentary election in Obhoynagar, Jessore, have forcefully denied all accusations as false rumours.

In Obhoynagar, where attackers burned and looted the homes of local Hindus, the new Awami League MP, Ranajit Kumar Roy, was among locals accusing a fellow party supporter of involvement in the notorious attacks, adding to speculation that the police have been lax in investigating allegations against AL supporters.

While it is not possible to substantiate the claims made by witnesses, it is apparent that an oppressive climate has been generated by the attacks, which may be deterring people from filing formal complaints. It is incumbent on the police to reassure the public that their voices will be heard and full and proper investigations pursued.

Accusations of extortion and hooliganism by members of political parties are a widespread problem, whichever party is in power. The only effective solution to this problem is that the police should be fully empowered to enforce law and order, without fear of political interference.

Moreover, as the ruling AL projects itself as a guarantor of communal harmony, it has added reason to ensure that any allegations that its members have been involved in seeking to grab property and harass minority communities, are fully and properly investigated.

– See more at: http://www.dhakatribune.com/editorial/2014/jan/21/enquiry-allegations-against-al-members#sthash.uODLhjb7.dpuf

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