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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Govt doesn't believe in using police politically

Says prime minister

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina takes salute during a parade at Rajarbagh Police Lines in the capital yesterday, on the occasion of Police Week 2013.Photo: STAR

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government does not believe in using the police force as a political weapon.

She made the remark during the inauguration of the Police Week 2013 at Rajarbagh Police Lines in the capital and directed the force to bring the criminals under the purview of law irrespective of their identity.

“Whoever the law breaker might be, it is the responsibility of police to bring them under the purview of law,” she said.

She asked police to increase the use of technology in identifying criminals, gathering intelligence information, combating trans-national crimes like terrorism, cyber crime, money laundering, drug and human trafficking, and illegal arms trade. She also stressed the need for implementing E-policing.

Hasina praised the force for their responsible role in containing militancy, terrorism and extremism, and in the investigation of the Bangabandhu murder case and the BDR killing case.

She said initiatives are underway to ensure more participation of the members of Bangladesh Police in the UN peacekeeping missions.

Earlier, the prime minister, riding a well-decorated open jeep, inspected a spectacular police parade and took salute.

She also conferred Bangladesh Police Medal and President's Police Medal on 67 members of police for their outstanding contributions in 2012.

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I have been laughing since I read the headline. I cannot stop.

: Truth Teller

Govt does not believe in using police then why was a police officer awarded a President's medal for torturing the opposition chief whip Zainul Abedin Farooque? Will the prime minister please explain!

: Labu Khan


  • Sheikh Monirul Islam, Opee
    Wednesday, January 23, 2013 02:48 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    Are we celebrating a police week? The so-called modern day Police Act 1861 was introduced in India by British with the consent from ten (10) Royal families (Elites) of India at the time to brutalise and suppress the Indians in their own country. East India Company ordered police to brutally kill with the help of the money provided by their own elites. The gun license was introduced to take away the arms and weapons from Indians so that its threat on British is eliminated and at the same time license for opening alcohol shop was also introduced to dupe a nation making way to rule a nation forever. Today, those elites in the society who are indirect representative of the same colonised regime, who are enjoying the political power, absolute wealth and total control on all affairs on our life with absolute immunity, a state police force is only there to serve those vested interest only, nothing else. We all must understand this rude complexity to begin with. Hearing the IGP Hassan Mahmood Khandker on Tritio-Matra today simply reminded me those mere facts of life only stated above. He was explaining the word remand and how the captured criminals get away off hooked through our justice system getting a bail. What he carefully avoided explaining is that getting a bail was simply possible because police failed to follow the procedure in the investigation process and often those flaws did not stand in our court procedure. Second, remand procedure was grossly is often brutalised and it is often a violation of basic human rights. Police act must change in this regard and must ensure presence of a lawyer at all cost while any citizen under remand. No matter how absolute is the necessity of elimination of certain serious criminal, police or of its extended wing RAB should not be in a position to decide under any circumstances to make those decisions to eliminate individuals. This basic principal is absolutely necessary to ensure a decent human society. Interestingly and very carefully he sidelined the issue of political influence on police matters like a politician. I must praise his style.

  • OpeeMonir
    Wednesday, January 23, 2013 02:51 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    RAB is becoming parallel to police forces because it is not a small organ anymore. RAB lost its appeal today because it is not small and effective like what it used to be. With its bigger size came along a complexity around it controlling. It is again a victim of same bureaucracy possibly; hope it is not becoming a lost cause.





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