ARSON ATTACK DURING BNP LED BLOCKADE: VICTIMS AWAIT JUSTICE
Abul Kalam opened his mouth and tried to speak but all that he could manage was a rasping, incomprehensible sound.
A victim of Friday’s arson in the capital’s Moghbazar, the 26-year-old was fighting for life at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
A petrol bomb, hurled at the car he drives for a living, has burnt 33 percent of his body, including his face, throat, hands and chest.
“Our political leaders don’t know what it’s like to be burnt in an arson attack. They probably would have refrained from inflicting so much pain on innocent people had they ever fallen victims to arson attack,” Jahanara Begum, elder sister of Kalam, said.
Kalam is one of the five victims who had been seriously burnt in arson attacks on vehicles during the nationwide blockade enforced by the BNP-led combine since January 6.
Most of the victims belong to the lower echelon of society and, sadly, many families could not come to attend them at the burn unit due to the ongoing blockade.
“Where shall I seek justice for my misfortune? Who should I hold responsible?” Jahanara kept asking people who had no answer.
In a pre-hartal violence on the evening of December 28 last year, Shamsun Nahar, 55, a school teacher from Noakhali; her son Tanjimul Haque, 22, a student of Jahangirnagar University; and her HSC student daughter Anika Akter, 18, were burnt after criminals set fire to the CNG-run auto-rickshaw they were travelling in the capital’s Kazipara.
Anika was lucky to have come out of the incident with minor burn injuries while her mother and brother sustained inhalation burn.
Talking to the reporters, Anika’s father Javed Uddin, 60, a small trader in Noakhali, said more than Tk 3 lakh had already been spent on their treatment.
“I just want them to live. I told my brother in the village to immediately sell off my pieces of land and send the money,” he said.
In the ongoing tussule between incumbent government and opposition, the civilians are sufffering alot. The government is busy in executing and punishing the previous opposition, while BNP is out to get sympathy from India and United States. Bangladesh’s ruling party is marking a one year in government whereas the BNP who had boycotted the elections now lead the protest and blockade in the country.
JANUARY 12, 2015