600 extremists will surrender : Bangladesh Home minister

600 extremists will surrender : Bangladesh Home minister

Agency News

Dhaka, Apr 7 : At least 614 extremists from Pabna (Northern District Bangladesh) are prepared to surrender to the government , Home minister Asaduzzaman khan kamal has said. Speaking at an event in Mirpur’s Police Staff College on Sunday, the home minister said the extremists will turn themselves in to authorities at a ceremony in Pabna on Mar 9.

At one point, about 30 or 40 years ago, extremists wielded a lot of power in Bangladesh.They used to occupy separate zones from which they would create unrest. Their numbers have gradually decreased and they’re becoming weaker by the day.
The ones that remain active have confessed their crimes and agreed to surrender to the home ministry. They felt embarrassed about their previous activities and pledged to return to a normal life. We have given them an opportunity and they will surrender in Pabna on Tuesday.

About the assurances to be given in exchange of the surrender, the minister said, They will surrender like the pirates and forest robbers had done before. If they promise not to engage in criminal activities in future, they will receive legal assistance from the government.

The US on Wednesday issued a security alert to its citizens abroad over fears that they could be exposed to terrorist assaults in different countries, including Bangladesh, as fallout from the mosque attacks in New Zealand’s Christchurch. Responding to the US security alert, Khan said, `It has become their practice to blame others. I don’t know why they’ve included Bangladesh in the list. There is no such situation here that could give rise to a security risk for any foreign nationals.  (UNI)