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Papia was arrested on PM’s orders: Quader

Published: February 25, 2020 19:34:58 | Updated: February 26, 2020 18:10:42

Papia was arrested on PM’s orders: Quader

RAB arrested Jubo Mohila League leader Shamima Noor Papia on orders from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said Obaidul Quader.

Papia is now headlining discussions after the arrest revealed stories about her alleged crimes such trading in drugs and arms, helping others to grab land, and running illegal sex trade in a luxury hotel in Dhaka.

Jubo Mohila League, an associate body of the Awami League, expelled her following her arrest on Feb 22, reports bdnews24.com.

“The prime minister herself knew about it. She ordered her [Papia’s] arrest and trial after investigation,” the ruling party general secretary said while taking a series of questions on Papia.

“Sparing criminals is not allowed during Sheikh Hasina’s tenure. Her government will never allow it in future,” he said.

Quader denied claims that Papia continuing with her activities amidst a government crackdown on all sorts of crimes, especially illegal gambling, extortion, and tender rigging by ruling party cohorts pulled the clean-up operation into question.

“No other party could show the bravery Sheikh Hasina has,” he said, alleging that the BNP never punished any of its leaders or activists for wrongdoings.

The Awami League leader said the party would discuss changing Jubo Mohila League leadership in closed-door meetings. The organisation’s council to elect new leaders is also due in March, he pointed out.

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