It is being observed that some miscreants and terrorist individuals or organizations are throwing petrol, octane, gunpowder and such ignitable substances at transports causing huge damage to public life and property to create panic among the people and put country’s integrity and sovereignty as well as public safety at stake, said a PID handout today.
Such activities are liable to stringent punishment, according to the Anti Terrorism Act-2009, the handout said.
It said causing death, inflicting grievous injury on people by using petrol, any explosive, ignitable substance, and possessing those, and instigating the terrorist activities through financing, patronizing, broadcasting and publishing those are tough punishable offences.
Creating horror amongst the public or segment of the public to jeopardize the territorial integrity, solidarity, security or sovereignty of Bangladesh through such terrorist activities, are considered as grave punishable offences as per the laws.
As per section 6 (2) (a) of the act, if any person burns to death or inflicts grievous hurt on anyone or makes an attempt to do so using petrol or any ignitable substance, shall be sentenced to death and shall also be liable to fine.
If any person uses or keeps petrol or any ignitable substance, to carry out terrorist activities or attempts to do so, shall be sentenced to life-time imprisonment and shall be liable to fine, in accordance with section 6 (2) (e), of the law of 2009. If any person plots or assists or instigates to cause death or inflict grievous hurt on anyone using petrol or ignitable substances shall be sentenced to life-term imprisonment or shall be liable to fine as per section 6 (2) (b).
As per section 7 (3) (4), any person or organization giving financial support to other person for any terrorist activities shall be sentenced to 20 years imprisonment and shall be liable to fine.
In accordance with section 14 (1) of Anti Terrorism Act-2009, if any person or organization gives shelter to carriers of petrol bombs, manufacturers and users, shall be sentenced to five years and shall also be liable to fine.
If any electronic or print media broadcasts or publishes any contents to instigate burning people to death by petrol bombs or any ignitable substance, shall be sentenced to life imprisonment or shall be liable to fine, as per section 13 of the act. – BSS