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Barishal Incident

Admin officials do not support BASA statement, says cabinet secretary

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 24 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Admin officials do not support BASA statement, says cabinet secretary

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Cabinet Secretary Khan-dakar Anwarul Islam on Monday said the administrative officials do not support the statement of the Bangladesh Administrative Service Association (BASA) over the attack on the UNO’s residence and violent activities in Barisal.

The administrative officials, including the secretaries, do not agree with the statement made by the association leaders over the Brarisal incident, he said while talking to journalists after emerging from a cabinet meeting.

After filling a case against Barisal city mayor Sadiq Abdullah on August 20 over the attack, the Administrative Service Association issued a statement, demanding immediate arrest of the mayor.

In the statement, the association leaders blamed mayor Sadiq Abdullah for the attack on the UNO residence, saying that the attack was carried out as per his (mayor’s) instruction.  The statement of the association drew mixed reaction from different quarters in the political arena.

Sources at the ruling Awami League said the incident happened due to misunderstanding. 

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) said this sort of incident proves that Bangladesh has turned into a failed state.

The cabinet secretary said, "A meeting was held on Sunday. I spoke at the meeting. All the secretaries and other officials present in the meeting disagreed with this statement.

“This should not have been the language. Those in the Administrative Service Association agreed that the use of such language was wrong and this is in no way acceptable." 

Awami League leaders and activists in support of Mayor Sadiq Abdullah clashed with police in front of UNO Munibur Rahman's official residence on the night of August 18 over the removal of a banner from the premises of Barisal Sadar Upazila Parishad.

The UNO and the police filed a case against the mayor with the police station for 'obstruction of government work, carrying out attack and opening fire with intent to kill him'.

The mayor's supporters also filed a counter-case against the UNO and the police.

Following the incident, the Administrative Service Association demanded arrest of Mayor Sadiq Abdullah, while local Awami League demanded removal of the UNO and the OC.