Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has warned against spreading rumours, saying the government is investigating whether the recent incidents are part of an attempt to destabilise the country.
"Our party's taking initiatives to prevent recurrence of lynching as a result of rumours ... Action will be taken against anyone spreading them," he told reporters at the Secretariat on Tuesday.
So far, eight people, including women, have been beaten to death across the country over rumours of child abduction, reports UNB.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Tuesday said those who are responsible for the killings will be accused in murder cases.
"We're investigating if any quarter is trying to destabilise the country by spreading rumours or whether attempts are being made to put the government in a tight spot," said Quader.
He said Awami League leaders have been asked to arrange meetings to raise awareness. MPs were instructed through the Chief Whip to arrange meetings in their localities in this regard.
"Many of those involved (in spreading rumours) have been arrested. I'm urging everyone to refrain from spreading rumours. Don't be misguided by propaganda and take the law into your own hand," he said.
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