Will the BCL never learn? | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 23, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:18 AM, September 23, 2019


Will the BCL never learn?

No let-up in their extortion activity

The dust has not yet settled after the recent shakeup of the AL’s student wing and the fallout of its youth wing’s involvement in large-scale operation of casinos in the capital, and there the BCL goes again in Thakurgaon. This time it was stopping the construction of a model mosque, a government project, because they were not paid the extortion money they had demanded. Not only that, they entered the construction site and ransacked whatever was there to vent their displeasure.    

The local BCL have, as usual, denied the allegations. But is their excuse—that they had only asked for subcontract for supplying certain construction materiel—acceptable? Is it for the leaders of the BCL to run sub-contract in the locality? It is the same old story like we heard in case of the JU, that the BCL leaders only wanted a “fair share” of the cut. 

While commenting on the same very issue recently, we had observed that the psyche of the BCL as a whole needs to undergo a change. The present state is the unfortunate consequence of a feeling of complete immunity from any retribution or punitive action for whatever they do. They had lived under the blessings of some very powerful quarters within the AL who, despite the PM’s repeated calls to purge the BCL of these elements, have not only tolerated but also nurtured them. But changing one’s ethos remains a long and somewhat difficult process. In the meantime, it may be a worthwhile exercise to purge the entire senior crop of the appendage, who without exception have this seemingly incurable malady that compels them to extort, coerce, disturb the education atmosphere and often interfere directly with the administrations of the institutions they belong to.

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