Thursday, April 08, 2021

IGP instructed to use more powerful weapons if necessary

 One violence after another has been happening in different parts of the country for some time now. The offices of the Deputy Commissioner and Upazila Nirbahi Officer, land office, police station and police outpost and private institutions are being vandalized and set on fire. There have even been incidents of the accused being snatched from the hands of the police. The police administration is concerned about the matter.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Benazir Ahmed has directed senior police officials to crack down on such incidents. He said that if the violence could not be suppressed with rubber bullets, more powerful weapons would have to be used to bring the situation under control. He also urged the police to keep their morale strong. 

The IGP said this while participating in a virtual meeting of senior police officials on Wednesday. All the Metropolitan Police Commissioners, Range Deputy Inspector Generals (DIGs), Deputy Commissioners of Metropolitan Police, District Superintendents of Police and Officers in Charge of Police (OCs) took part in it. Senior officials of the police headquarters were also present at the meeting.

The meeting started at 11:30 pm and lasted till 1:30 pm. A few police officials involved in the meeting told that the IGP had instructed them to take a tough stance to curb the violence. On the contrary, senior police officials have assured the IGP that they will take stern action if any situation arises in the coming days.

In this regard, Deputy Inspector General of Police Headquarters (DIG Media and Planning) Haider Ali Khan told yesterday that the IGP has instructed the responsible police officers across the country to maintain law and order.

Hefazat-e-Islam protests and violence against the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the country have killed 17 people in three days from March 27 to 28. Meanwhile, an attack took place at Faridpur's Saltha Upazila Complex and Police Station on Monday. In this context, the IGP met senior police officers yesterday.

Several police officials who attended the virtual meeting told that the IGP said the situation was not under control even though more shots were fired in the custody violence. He directed to find out who instigated the violence and who took part in it.

At one stage of the meeting, the district superintendent of police said about the incident of Benazir Ahmed Faridpur Salthar. Want to know from Alimuzzaman. Describing the incident, the police superintendent told the IGP that they had tried their best to control the situation. Then the IGP said to the SP, it would have been better to try a little better. 

The IGP also directed the police to remain vigilant, citing possible attacks in Chittagong, Khulna and Rangpur areas or other districts. In the statement of the IGP, the issue of siege of Maulana Mamunul Haque, the leader of Hefazat in Sonargaon of Narayanganj last Saturday also came up. He said Mamunul was taken away from the police. There was a lack of security. That is why the clashes took place.

Regarding the recent violent incidents, the police chief further said that it was necessary to find out whether there were any shortcomings or shortcomings of the police, whether the police had succeeded in one place and failed in another. Action will be taken accordingly.

According to meeting sources, Hifazat was instructed not to hold the rally at the college ground in Munshiganj on Thursday morning. Hefazat-led activists or anyone else from outside the district to enter Munshiganj, to ensure that security checkpoints were set up. The IGP also said that if any madrasa is open, it should be closed.

Police members were instructed to wear helmets and not to walk alone before taking part in the operation. The meeting also discussed police activities to prevent corona infection.


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