Earlier in the day, the Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 judge Abu Zafar Md Kamaruzzaman sentenced 20 people to death and five others to life in prison in a case over the murder of Abrar Fahad, 21, a second-year student of electrical and electronic engineering department at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).

Minister Anisul Huq said now no criminal would roam free after carrying out such a murder or any kind of killings and would be able to do politics either.

Documents of the verdict would reach the High Court in seven days and the government would provide all-out cooperation for the quick disposal of the case, he added.

Anisul Huq said some killings shake the society and stir the conscience of the society. If justice is not served in those killings, frustration grips the society. The responsibility of the government is to quickly try these cases and arrange exemplary punishment and assure the society that the rule of law exists in the country. Till now, the government of Sheikh Hasina has been able to perform these responsibilities, he added.

On recently-resigned state minister Murad Hassan’s indecent and derogatory remarks on women, the law minister said, “I am extremely angry at his activities. Not only a lawmaker but also any sensible person can do so.”