Sheikh Hasina’s Dirty Jobs : M K Alamgir, The man with a mission
I never called this man anything but a thug. A PhD from Boston does not make one a gentleman, as a PhD from Belgium did not make our environment minister ( Who famously wanted to release some hippopotamus in Kaptai lake to improve biodiversity) an educated person. I am talking about the new home minister of Bangladesh – Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir.
Since this second Hasina government came to power, the politicization and abuse of the administration, the judiciary and the defense/ national security departments for petty political interests and persecution of the opposition have taken an unbelievable unprecedented alarming magnitude. This governments’ activities eclipsed all the wrongdoings of all previous governments. And even at the standard of this government the activities and statements of Mr. Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir have caused many seasoned observers of Bangladesh politics roll their eyes in disbelieve. His predecessor Shahara Khatun was one of the worst home ministers of Bangladesh. But compared to the viscous cruel and evil vibe created by Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir, Shahara Khatun now seems like a childish clown. Any objective assessment of modern Bangladesh history will put Mr. Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir at the top of list of players responsible for ruining and blatantly politicizing the civil administration of independent Bangladesh. This is for his leading role in Janatar Mancha, a political platform of administrative officers betraying the government and taking a partisan stand. Now it will remain a matter of great interest how history will treat him for his public role in converting the police forces of Bangladesh into political armed cadres to brutalize the opposition.
These pictures and this post will remind readers how a government police officer Haroon assaulted opposition chief whip while he was leading a peaceful protest rally in front of the parliament building.
Mr Alamgir just awarded this officer Haroon the second highest award of Bangladesh police for assaulting the opposition whip.
Above is the video clip of Mr Alamgir’s statements on this matter.
After this TV report, newspapers published this sort of report saying that MK Alamgir awarded DC Haroon for brutalizing opposition chief whip Zoynal Abedin Farooq, Mr Alamgor, rather than disowning the reports as newspapers quoting him out of context. doubled down on his assertion and re-stated that he could tell this publicly because he was brave and he has been congratulated all day for showing the courage to tell the truth.
Looking back at the images of what happened on July 6 2011 and listening to Mr. Alamgir’s assertions my head also rolls in disbelief.
Can Bangladesh go any lower than this? I guess it can. From now on nothing will surprise me in Bangladesh.
But why Mr. Alamgir went berserk? Is it his lack of self control or verbal discipline? Or it is a calculated move to gear up the civil and law enforcement administration handle the upcoming opposition movements for care taker government system in the most brutal and heavy handed way?
Can brutal oppression save the day? It can — at least in many places — but not in Bangladesh. Mr. Alamgir, who claims himself to be indoctrinated in the spirit of our struggle of independence should have known it better.