Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said that those who are trying to commit robbery in the Sundarbans will not be spared. “The existing peaceful situation at the Sundarbans will be maintained at any cost,” he said. The minister said these while addressing the first anniversary programme of declaring the Sundarbans bandit-free at the Sheikh Helal Uddin Studium in Bagerhat on Friday.
Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said, “They, who returned to normal lives responding to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s call, are in our good favor. We are also ensuring all arrangements so that they can lead normal lives.” He promised to reels the surrendered bandits from the lawsuits as per RAB’s list, but not those who are accused in rape and murder cases. They have to run their cases.
Sheikh Hasina declared the Sundarbans, the world's largest coastal mangrove forest, free of bandits on November 1 in 2018. Mayor of Khulna City Corporation Talukder Abdul Khaleque, Chairman of the Parliamenteayr Standing Committee on the Ministry of Home Affairs Shamsul Haque Tuku, MP, member of the Standing Committee Kuzendra Kumar Tripathi, MP, MP from Bagerhat-4 constituency Mozammel Hossain, MP from Bagerhat-2 constituency Sheikh Tanmay, woman MP Gayaria Jhorna Sarkar, Secretary of the Department of Public Safety of the Ministry of Home Affairs Mostafa Kamal Uddin, Additional Director General of Bangladesh Police. Md. Mainur Rahman Chowdhury, Director General of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Benazir Ahmed, were also present at the event.