Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says she finds it rather surprising that not a single rights organisation ‘issued a statement’ over the murder of Awami League MP from Gaibandha Manjurul Islam Liton.
“But not a single word from the human rights bodies after the murder of a lawmaker. Bangladesh is a strange country.”
On the evening of Dec 31 last year, unidentified assailants shot ruling MP Liton several times at his Gaibandha house. He died hours later in a hospital.
Awami League President Hasina has blamed Jamaat-e-Islami, the party which actively opposed Bangladesh’s independence in 1971, for the murder.
“It’s totally unacceptable that an elected representative has to die like this,” she told top law-enforcers on Tuesday.
In 2015, MP Liton had to spend some time in jail after a fourth-grader was injured in shots allegedly fired from his gun.
Following the incident, local police confiscated his firearm.
Referring to the incident, the prime minister said, “The police deployment had been removed from his home. Why? His firearm was confiscated based on a false allegation … It seems that he was abandoned in a planned way.”
The prime minister expressed her dissatisfaction with the security measures of the police to protect MP Liton in these Jamaat dominated areas.
“Given the situation in these areas, the security measures taken were inadequate and it has led to the death of a member of parliament.”