Vol. 5 Num 882 Mon. November 20, 2006  
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Police administration put thru' transfer hoops
Kohinoor made OSD again

The government yesterday transferred 49 deputy inspector general (DIG) and superintendent of police (SP)-level police officials and 618 inspectors and officers-in-charge (OCs) of different police stations.

It also transferred eight deputy commissioner (DC)-level officials and withdrew as many DCs to the establishment ministry.

The government reinstated eight officials including all four members of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), chairman and two commissioners of Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) and the legal adviser to the foreign ministry.

As part of its ongoing administrative reshuffles, the government transferred the 618 police officers within their divisional ranges. Seven deputy inspector general (DIG)-rank officers and 42 superintendent of police (SP)-rank officials were transferred to other parts of their divisional range.

The transferred police officers include Kohinoor Mian, deputy commissioner (DC) of Tejgaon, who was transferred to Rangamati as the commandant of 5th Armed Police Battalion (APBn) at Barbunia on November 14 following his controversial role in handling demonstrations at Karwan Bazar in the capital where one 14-party leader was killed.

Strongly criticised for his leading role of police excess at Shamsunnahar Hall of Dhaka University in 2003 and the attack on 14-party activists and leaders including former home minister Mohammad Nasim in Dhanmondi last month, Kohinoor was placed as officer on special duty (OSD) and attached to the police headquarters on November 6. After the government issued his transfer order to Barbunia APBn, locals staged demonstrations against his being posted in Rangamati.

The reinstated officials include BTRC Chairman Omar Farooq, also former home secretary and who was reinstated only two days after his contractual job was cancelled, earned strong flak for holding political programmes in his area (Dhamrai) during the tenure of the immediate past government in order to get a party ticket from the BNP-led four-party alliance. Supporters of Barrister Ziaur Rahman Khan, the then local lawmaker, had locked in clashes with Farooq's activists on several occasions.

Other than Farooq, the officials who were reinstated yesterday are: BTRC commissioners AMM Reza-e-Rabbi and Justice Mohammad Abdus Salam. They were reinstated too after their contractual jobs were cancelled two days ago.

The SEC Chairman Faruq Ahmad Siddiqi and members Saleh Ahmed Chowdhury, Mohammad Ali Khan and Abbas Uddin Khan were also reinstated to their posts.

Legal Adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ali Kaiser Hasan Morshed, whose contractual job was also cancelled on Thursday, was reinstated yesterday.

Additional deputy commissioners (ADCs) Nurul Amin and M Salimullah of Chuadanga, Rabi ur Reza Siddiqui and M Bazlul Karim Chowdhury of Kurigram, Moksudur Rahman Patwari of Rajbari, Mofizul Islam of Feni, Ashok Kumar Biswas of Khulna and Asmaul Hossain of Laxmipur were withdrawn to the establishment ministry.

Senior Assistant Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture Shamima Yasmin was transferred as ADC of Dhaka, Deputy Director of Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC) Ram Chandra Das as ADC of Khulna, Chief Revenue Officer of Chittagong Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) Syeda Sorwar Jahan as ADC to Feni, Senior Assistant Secretary of the establishment ministry Achhia Khatun as ADC to Rajbari, UNO of Kalia upazila in Narail AKM Masudur Rahman as ADC to Laxmipur, Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (Desa) Magistrate Mejbahuddin Chowdhury as ADC to Chuadanga, UNO of Badarganj in Rangpur Abdus Sattar Sarker as ADC to Kurigram and UNO of Mollahat in Bagerhat Kamala Ranjan Das as ADC to Tangail.

While reshuffling the police administration, the government transferred Chittagong Range DIG Sheikh M Sajjat Ali to the Police Headquarters, DIG of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) M Sadiqur Rahman to Special Branch (SB), DIG of SB Mokhlesur Rahman as principal of Sardah Police Academy and DIG Amir Uddin of Highway Police to Chittagong Range.

Principal of Sardah Police Academy M Najibur Rahman was transferred as DIG to the Highway Police, Commandant of Detective Training School (DTS) of CID Mili Biswas as joint commissioner to Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) and Special Superintendent of police Abdur Rahim, who was transferred as commandant of Rangpur Police Training College on October 31, as commandant of DTS.