Killers had political patronization in killing foreigners’: Obaidul Quader
9 October 2015, Nirapad News: Awami League presidium member and Road Transport & Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today said professional killers with political patronisation were involved in the cowardice incident of recent killings of two foreigners.
“The government has given highest efforts to trace out the killers and their patrons. We can assure that the killers would surely be traced out,” he said.
Obaidul Quader said this while inaugurating as the chief guest a child-juvenile painting competition at Shilpakala Academy at Segunbagicha in the city.
Sheikh Russell Jatiya Shishu Kishore Parishad organised the competition in observance of the 51st birthday of Sheikh Russell, the slain youngest son Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Secretary General of the organisation Mahmudus Samad Chowdhury, MP, presided over the function, also addressed, among others, by noted teacher of fine arts Prof Samarjit Roy Chowdhury and Sirajul Islam Mollah, MP.
Obaidul Quader said, “There is a move to portray Bangladesh as a country of high risk (dangerous) only for one or two isolated incidents. The killing of foreigners (two) was the work of professional killers having political patronisation”.
In reply to the remarks of BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, the senior Awami League leader said, “Call for national unity can’t be given by patronising militancy and using cocktail-bombs and petrol bombs as ingredients of the so-called movement. National unity can’t be forged with those who pursue politics depending on petrol-bombs and who patronises the militancy.”
Later, Obaidul Quader went round the painting works of child-juvenile artists on display at the function. Nearly 500 child-juvenile artists in two groups took part in the competition in which those who fall in four to 10-year age group were asked to paint whatever they like while 11 to 15 age-group participants had to paint sketches on the war of liberation.