Don’t pay heed to rumours: PM

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged the countrymen not to pay heed to the rumours and hand over the rumour-mongers to the police.

“Please don’t pay heed to the rumours and not to take law in own hands, and instead hand over those spreading rumours to the police,” she said while addressing a meeting of Awami League (AL) leaders and workers through a teleconference from London this morning.

Sheikh Hasina, now in London on an official visit, also called upon the countrymen to keep their houses, offices and adjoining area neat and clean to prevent mosquito menace.

The meeting, presided over by AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader, was held at the Awami League central office at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital.

Besides the central leaders, leaders of AL North and South City units and its associate bodies and two mayors joined the meeting.

The prime minister said a vested quarter is beating people to death by
spreading rumours.

“A mother was beaten to death through spreading rumours and what is the
situation of her child today?,” she said.

“So, it’s my call to all not to take law in your own hands. If you think
anyone guilty, not to beat him/her to death, rather hand over him/her to the
police,” she added.

Sheikh Hasina, also the AL president, said after investigations proper
actions will be taken against those found guilty.

The premier said beating innocent people to death after hearing the rumours
is an act of sine. “It’s similar to killing,” she said.

In this connection, she requested the newspapers and electronic media not
to mislead the people by disseminating false news.

“There will be a request of mine to the newspapers and electronic media not
to misguide the people by disseminating news not knowing the real
information,” she said.

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