Mushtaq’s Death

Vested quarter trying to fish in troubled waters: Quader

Staff Correspondent

1 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said a vested quarter was trying to fish in troubled waters over the death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed.

“Death of Mushtaq Ahmed is under investigation, but a vested quarter is trying to catch fish in troubled water over the issue,” he said.

Quader, also the Awami League general secretary, made the remark while addressing an inaugural function of ‘service week’ of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA).

The AL spokesperson joined the function virtually from his official residence

on parliament premises in the capital.

The minister came up with the remark as a free-thinker and writer Mustaq, who had been locked up under the controversial Digital Security Act for over nine months, died on Friday at the Kashimpur jail in Gazipur.

Terming the death of Mushtaq as unfortunate, Quader said a probe committee has already been formed to unearth the reason behind the death. “The government is sincere so that no institution or person can misuse the law as digital security is necessary in the Digital Bangladesh,” he said.

“Government believes in freedom of speech. But the freedom does not mean having the absolute right to say whatever you want. Showing respect to the opinion of others is also included in the freedom of expression. The government is very careful about the use of the law,” he said.

Talking over beginning of issuance of driving license, Quader said issuance of driving license started from Sunday and it will expand to divisional level within a few days.

“The authorities concerned have to maintain professionalism during issuance of driving license to the customers,” he directed.

Quader said the government has created the scopes to receive vehicles’ fitness certificates from any circle offices in the country to ease the services for recipients.

Mentioning that the people still have to face hassle to get services from BRTA, the minister asked the concerned officials to develop BRTA as a proper service-oriented institution.