There has been a dilly-dallying over taking action against the two persons accused of extortion at Dhaka’s Rajdhani Super Market. The reason is, one of them is from the ruling Awami League and the other is from its youth front Jubo League. When the law has to bow to political influence, the government is responsible for the ensuing mayhem. Has the government decided to let mayhem prevail?
On Thursday, RAB personnel carried out a raid on Rajdhani Super Market and picked up 11 Awami League, Jubo League and Chhatra League leaders and activists who were collecting toll from the businesses there. The mobile court sent 10 of them to jail on varying sentences. But their leader was let off the hook, because he was Dhaka city south Jubo League acting general secretary Rezaul Karim. A senior RAB official told Prothom Alo, they could not take any legal action against him due to political pressure. If the elite force RAB also surrenders to political pressure, it will certainly be a tough task to quell crime in the future.
Another extortionist leader, city Awami League member and city corporation ward 39 councillor Mainul Huq alias Manju, had declared himself president of the market committee. After complaints of extortion were lodged against him, RAB-10 director claimed they were searching for him.
The businessmen of this market, at the end of their tether with this excessive extortion, complained to RAB several times. They even complained in writing, but all in vain. The businessmen are naturally too scared to file a case against him. It is the law enforcement agencies that have to take action. The government must remove all hurdles to applying the law against ruling party extortionists.