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Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has said that intelligence agencies have not received any advanced warnings regarding potential sabotage, but they are well-prepared to handle any security threats that may arise.
Addressing a press conference at the Secretariat on Sunday, Minister Khan acknowledged the historical association of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) with sabotage, asserting, “They will do it. Our security forces are on high alert, and our intelligence forces are actively engaged. However, as of now, there is no specific intelligence indicating an imminent threat.”
Highlighting the proactive role of intelligence agencies, Minister Asaduzzaman Khan expressed confidence in their effectiveness in mitigating acts of sabotage.
He underscored the public’s determination to resist any attempts to disrupt peace, stating, “People are unwilling to regress into darkness.”
In response to concerns raised by Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader about potential BNP-led assassinations, Minister Khan explained that individuals deeply involved in politics, like Quader, might possess additional information.
He reiterated the commitment of intelligence forces to remain vigilant and prevent any untoward incidents.
About the Election Commission’s ban on anti-election campaigns, Khan alleged that certain parties, including the BNP, were violating the directive.
These activities, such as vandalism, killings, property destruction, and strike-blockades, were described as disruptive, noted Khan, adding that public attention seemed to dismiss these actions as “absurd.”
The minister revealed that two unidentified parties were also distributing leaflets to discourage participation in the election, albeit on a smaller scale.
He assured the public that law enforcement agencies were closely monitoring the situation and they are ready to take action if these activities escalate.
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