Vol. 5 Num 574 Fri. January 06, 2006  

Bring all anti-social elements to justice
President asks senior police officials

President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called on the police force to bring all the anti-social elements to justice.

"Bombers, terrorists, extortionists, lawbreakers and those who shelter them are enemies of the nation. Now it's your main responsibility to identify and arrest them," he said.

The President was addressing a meeting of high police officials at Bangabhaban on the occasion of the Police Week.

Reiterating the government's firm commitment to building a terrorism and corruption-free Bangladesh, he said, "The onus to quickly face any situation, including protecting public life and property and maintaining law and order, lies on you. Your activities, honesty, dedication, bravery and responsibility to state and society can play a significant role in facing this challenge."

He termed the duties of police as service-oriented saying "You have a lot of responsibilities in establishing the rule of law as members of the law enforcement agency."

The President asked them to discharge their duties with honesty, dedication and sincerity for improving the law and order situation, and sought cooperation of all concerned in this connection.

Iajuddin advised the policemen to go to the people and provide them service as, he said, development of relations between police and people could make the job of maintaining law and order easier for them.

He also recalled the contributions of the martyred police personnel who had stood in armed resistance against the occupied forces at Rajarbagh Police Lines on the night of March 25, 1971 and later laid down their lives for the independence.

He lauded the police force for building close relations with all sections of people and contributing to development activities along with maintaining law and order.

Iajuddin also appreciated the security arrangements taken by police for peaceful holding of the Saarc Summit, maintaining the sanctity of holy Ramadan and celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr and Durga Puja.

The President stressed the need for advance training both at home and abroad for the senior police officials to enhance their efficiencies, as there is no alternative to training for development of professional skills.