CHITTAGONG, Oct 1 (UNB): State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar asked Saturday the law-enforcers to conduct a thorough investigation to bring the real culprits to justice.
Unearthing the August 17 simultaneous bombings is a must for the sake of the country and its development, as the incident ran counter to Bangladesh's position on religious militancy, he said.
Babar told the authorities concerned at a joint meeting for two divisions to gear up the investigations and surveillance on the suspects in order to uphold the government's stand on terrorism.
"Before the August 17 serial bomb attacks we had said there is no existence of fundamentalism and militancy in the country, but the incident caused a pause in our observations," the minister said while inaugurating the law-and-order meeting for Chittagong and Sylhet divisions on the day.
To get rid of such embarrassing position, the government has launched vigorous investigations in all the 63 districts rocked by the blasts, he told the open inaugural session of the meeting at the local circuit house.
"So, committees have been formed in 63 districts for a proper investigation," he said.
Babar further said the government extended all kinds of logistic supports, including increasing budget for the law-enforcing agencies and supplying modern vehicles, as they are sincere about maintaining law and order.
Drawing a comparison with the past situation in the country, he told the meeting that the present law-and-order situation had improved a lot and was applauded at home and abroad.
Earlier, the family members of 11 murdered people in Banshkhali and three victims of killing, Bangladesh Mohila Parishad, Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad and Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Committee formed a human chain demanding trial of the accused of the Banshkhali tragedy.
The demonstrators demanded inclusion of the name of main accused Aminur Rahman Chowdhury, a state minister's brother.