PM orders police, “Do whatever is necessary to stop violence”
28 January 2015, Nirapad News: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday ordered the police to take steps whatever necessary to stop the ongoing violence unleashed by BNP and Jamaat across the country in the name of blockade and Hartal.
“I’ll take the responsibility for whatever happens (for the action). But, you’ll have to ensure the security of lives of the common people and their property”. “In doing so, you must accomplish the task without any hesitation and I give you the liberty.”
Hasina was addressing an evaluation meeting with senior officials of the Bangladesh Police at the International Conference Room of her office marking the Police Week 2015.
She said what the BNP-Jamaat has been committing since January 5 last in the name of hartal and blockade would never be recognized as a movement in political history as these are completely terrorist and militant acts.
“The way the militants are committing acts in different countries of the world, the same way they (BNP-Jamaat) are now perpetrating destructive acts (across the country),”
“I hope you’ll take stern actions in your respective areas to curb these terrorist acts after talking to the common people, public representatives and law enforcement agencies like Ansar and VDP and RAB. You’ll have to unitedly curb such militant acts with an iron hand,”
Regarding the various demands raised by police officials, including that of forming a separate division under the Home Ministry, Hasina said some five Grade-1 posts have been created in the police with two officials already in place in that position, while the rest three would be upgraded to that post. “The number of Grade-1 posts in the police will be raised gradually.”
She also assured them of providing necessary vehicles, including speedboats alongside other equipment, enhancing the manpower, gradually setting up newer police barracks as well as setting up four new police lines in the capital.
Citing the size of the Home Ministry as huge comprising various law enforcement agencies, the Prime Minister said her government has a plan to reorganize the Ministry of Home Affairs through creating various Divisions to bring dynamism in its activities.
Citing her government’s plan to raise the number of administrative divisions to 10, she said this would also raise the scope of work of the administration and police.
Hasina said she has not assumed office to relish power, rather she believes that it was her duty and responsibility to ensure the welfare and betterment of people.
Turning to the ongoing war crimes trial, she said the trial is going on properly and this has to be taken ahead to free the country from stigma.
The Prime Minister also extended thanks to members of the police and other law enforcement agencies for their role in holding the last January 5 polls and tackling the current countrywide situation in the wake of arson, violence, hurling petrol bombs by the BNP-Jamaat nexus.
She also renewed her pledge to restore peace in the country, turn Bangladesh into a middle-income country well before 2021 and a prosperous developed one by 2041.
State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and Home Ministry Senior Secretary Mozammel Haque Khan spoke on the occasion while IGP AKM Shahidul Haque gave the address of welcome.
Besides, DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia, DIG of Chittagong Range Shahidul Islam and Dhaka District police super Habibur Rahman also spoke on the occasion.