Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said the killers of madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi will not be spared and they will get exemplary punishment for the heinous crime.
“Those who have burnt Nusrat Jahan Rafi to death will not be spared. They will be brought to book and be given exemplary punishment,” she said.Sheikh Hasina, also the president of the ruling Awami League, came up with the remark while delivering her introductory speech at the party’s advisory council meeting at her Ganabhaban residence.
Nusrat, an Alim student of Sonagazi Senior Fazil Madrasa, died at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Wednesday after fighting for life for five days with severe burn injuries she sustained in an arson attack on April 6.
The premier said some culprits have been caught and others will be arrested soon. “The culprits will be brought to book and be given exemplary punishment,” she added.
Strongly condemning the killing of Nusrat, Sheikh Haisna said words fail to describe this heinous crime.
“We’ve tried our best to save the girl, but she left us. The culprits set fire on Nusrat by wearing veils to cover their face, but none of them will be spared,” the premier said.
The Awami League president said burning people to death is the tradition of Pakistan and BNP-Jamaat alliance.“People were burnt to death by Pakistani occupation forces during the country’s Liberation War. BNP and Jamaat burnt people to death during their so-called movement during 2014-15,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina urged all the building owners to install fire safety system and create awareness of fire.
Meeting sources said the ruling Awami League at the meeting has decided to celebrate the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
She also called on the advisory council members to take preparation to celebrate the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman all levels across the country.
The premier directed the advisor HT Imam to prepare a framework to celebrate the grand event.
Sheikh Hasina also greeted people of the country on the occasion of Pahela Baishaka, the first day of Bengali New Year, that falls onApril 14.
AL advisory council members Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, HT Imam, Yusuf Hossain Humayun, Syed Rezaur Rahman, Abdul Khaleque, Hamida Banu, Mashiur Rahman, Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and Mukul Bose, among other, were present at the meeting.