Government bans opposition parties planned siege

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Dhaka, Nov 11 (UNI) Bangladesh's interim caretaker government today urged the Awami League-led 14-party combine to cancel their ''unlawful'' programme like siege.

The Opposition combine, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, decided to move ahead with the siege on road-rail-waterways from tomorrow as its deadline for the caretaker government ended today.

It was demanding to reconstitute the election commission by removing Chief Election Commissioner Justice M A Aziz and depoliticize the adminsitration for holding free and impartial elections.

Terming the planned siege unlawful and unconstitutional, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a release the government is determined to take ''all legal measures'' to maintain peace and discipline in socio-economic life, security of public life and property and economic activities.

The release said necessary instructions to this effect have already been given to the law-enforcing agencies, including the police.

The release said such programme like siege will stop supply of essentials for about 1.20 crore people living in Dhaka city and disrupt public life. Particularly, the livelihood of the poor and working-class people will be difficult bacause of price riss in essentials following the siege programme.

It further said the siege programme would disrupt transportation of exportable industrial goods, essential agricultural products and industrial raw materials from rural areas.

''Moreover, Dhaka will be isolated from the rest of the country following this programme,'' it noted.

The authorities urged the political parties to refrain from any unconstitutional programme in order to ensure fundamental rights of all citizens.

''The government under no circumstances can allow indiscipline and chaotic situation,'' the release forewarned.


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