113Published on November 21, 2022
From July 2013 to January 2014, the state incurred at least Tk 49,000 crore loss due to BNP-Jamaat sabotage. In just six months, the BNP-Jamaat leaders and activists destroyed the livelihood of the ordinary people and the country's economy through blockades, strikes, destructing government assets, sabotage, making private institutions ineffective, killing hundreds of people and injuring thousands of people. These miscreants ruined the educational environment by blasting bombs at schools and colleges, burning hundreds of schools, and killing teachers and students. They uprooted railway lines, cut highways, and burned thousands of buses, trucks and railway carriages and railway stations.
The Prothom Alo published a report about it on January 26, 2014. According to the economic review of the non-governmental organization CPD, the political violence caused a loss of Tk 49 thousand 18 crores in six months. The railway and road communication faced a loss of Tk 16 thousand crores alone. Also, the country incurred a loss of Tk 15,829 crores in agriculture and agro-based industries, Tk 13,750 crore in the export-oriented textile industry and Tk 2,750 crore in the tourism sector.
Economists opined that the brutal sabotage of BNP-Jamaat caused the biggest loss in the small producers of agriculture, the agro-based sector and the transport sector. Almost half of the population of the country is associated with these sectors. The next sector was the export-oriented industry, which connects the livelihood of at least one crore of people. Thus, the life of ordinary people became a standstill.
The countrywide arson and vandalism left breadwinners of low-income families in disarray. The untimely deaths and injuries of brilliant students shattered the dreams of many middle-come families. The BNP-Jamaat leaders and activists turned the country into ruins in the name of politics under direct orders from Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman.