We are happy to know that Siddiqur Rahman, the third-year student of political science at Government Titumir College, has been given a job of a telephone operator at the state-owned Essential Drugs Company Limited. His eyes were damaged when a policeman shot a teargas canister at close range on July 20 this year during a demonstration staged by the students of seven Dhaka University affiliated colleges.
It was good to see that after the incident, the government took the responsibility of his treatment and sent him to India as per the directive of the prime minister. The doctors in India tried in vain to restore his eyesight. Now that he has completely lost his eyesight, the government has compensated him with a job.
As Siddiqur has entered a new chapter of his life by taking up the job, the questions that we cannot keep away from our mind are: What will happen to the dreams that he had as a student? Will those dreams remain unfulfilled? Is he destined to be a telephone operator for the rest of his life? And, most importantly, does he not deserve justice? Therefore, while we appreciate the government's good gesture, we wonder what has happened of those policemen who were responsible for Siddiqur's misfortune.
In order to make sure that this type of incident is not repeated in future, there is no alternative to making examples of those who were responsible for Siddiqur's condition. Thus, we strongly urge the government to bring the unruly policemen to justice quickly. Is it too much to ask?