“First the conspirators killed his image, and then killed him in a planned way,” she told a cabinet meeting, which was confirmed by several ministers who participated in the meeting.
Observing that such conspiracy against the Awami League is nothing new, Hasina said: “It was a planned murder. Seven Awami League lawmakers were killed from 1972 to 1975. Former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria and lawmaker Ahsanullah Master were also murdered. All were killed when they were sitting MPs.”
In the meeting held at the Secretariat yesterday morning, the cabinet approved in principle three drafts, Housing and Building Research Institute Act 2016, Chittagong Development Authorities Act 2016, and Bangladesh Veterinary Council Act 2016, said Cabinet Secretary Shafiul Alam at a press briefing after the meeting.
He said the meeting also adopted a condolence proposal over the deaths of Manjurul Islam Liton and Supreme Court’s Appellate Division Judge Justice Bazlur Rahman.
Shafiul said: “The Housing and Building Research Institute Act 2016 will replace the Housing and Building Research Institute Ordinance 1977, and the Veterinary Council Act 2016 will replace the current ordinance on veterinary council framed in 1982.
“The law has been formulated in Bangla as per the Supreme Court’s decision.”
Shafiul said the post of the head of the institute has been upgraded to director general from director. The institute will have a 20-member council headed by the minister or state minister of the Housing Ministry, and the ministry’s secretary would be the vice-chairman.
“The draft of the CDA Act proposed for more stringent action against CDA chairman, members and officials if found involved in any business with the development authority.
“The new CDA law has been made keeping consistency with the recently framed laws for development of Cox’s Bazar and Rajshahi,” the cabinet secretary said.
Liton buried beside parents
Slain Gaibandha 1 lawmaker Manjurul Islam Liton was buried yesterday afternoon beside the graves of his parents in Masterpara village of Sarbnanda union, Sundarganj upazila, Gaibandha.
He was laid to rest around 4:40pm yesterday after the third namaz-e-janaza at his village home.
Among others, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Fazle Rabbi Miya, lawmaker Jahangir Kabir Nanak, AL Rangpur division Organising Secretary ABM Mozammel Huq, Chhatra League central committee General Secretary Mahmud Hasan Ripon, senior district administration officials, local leaders and activists of AL, and thousands of people from across the district took part in the janaza.
Earlier in the day, the second namaz-e-janaza of Liton was held at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad.
After the janaza, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid tributes to Liton by placing wreaths on his coffin that was draped with the national flag.
Liton was shot at point blank range by some miscreants at his village home at Masterpara on December 31 last year. He was admitted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital, where attending doctors declared him dead.
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