Sunday, June 21, 2009

Parliamentary body on Tipaimukh Dam an eyewash: Moudud

Staff Correspondent

BNP standing committee member Barrister Moudud Ahmed MP alleged that the parliamentary committee on Tipaimukh dam was formed to legitimise the construction of the dam by India as the committee did not include any member of parliament from the BNP.

He was addressing a roundtable discussion titled ‘Independence and security of Bangladesh: Lessons from Palashi’ hosted by ‘The weekly Sonar Bangla’ at the National press club yesterday morning.

“The committee on Tipaimukh dam is just an eyewash and it is aimed at validating the Indian move. The committee did not include any member from BNP. How could it be an all party committee?” Moudud said.

He demanded for sending a national level expert committee to have their opinion about the issue. “We want formation of a national level expert committee to assess the possible impact of the project to be implemented by India on Barak river. After getting their opinion, we will be able to take a stand against India’s move.” The government must make public all the finding of the expert committee on the Tipaimukh hydro-electric project and people should raise its voice against such an ecologically destructive project in the country’s interest, the former law minister said.

He said a strong political consensus is required to launch a tougher movement demanding cancellation of the Tipaimukh project. Construction of the planned Tipaimukh dam by India will escalate socio-economic and political tension in Bangladesh, and imperil the ecology of the country’s north-eastern parts, he said.

The BNP leader repeatedly demanded trial of just retired Army chief general Moeen U Ahmed for his controversial role in harassing politicians in the name of eradicating corruption from the society during caretaker regime. The Pilkhana incident was orchestrated by a certain quarter to hide the failure of immediate past caretaker regime, he alleged.

Meanwhile secretary general of the party Khandaker Delwar Hossain alleged that extra judicial killings are on the rise soon after this government assumed office.

“It is the government’s duty to ensure security to the people of the country. But the government has failed to ensure people’s security over the last six months. Extra judicial killings have increased alarmingly. If we go through the reports of different Human Rights organizations, we will find the actual facts of extra judicial killings,” Delwar told reporters after seeing dead body of Manjur Morshed Shipu, an activist of Mohammadpur thana BNP, at Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue yesterday.


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