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11:00 PM, August 18, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:00 PM, August 18, 2009

Ansar-VDP being trained to root out militancy

Says state minister

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Members of Ansar-VDP are being trained to eradicate militancy from the remote areas in the country, State Minister for Home Shamsul Haque Tuku yesterday said in a meeting with Ansar-VDP high-ups at its headquarters in Khilgaon.
Since Ansar-VDP (Village Defence Party) personnel mostly work in their native villages, they can identify strangers in their locality and if suspicious, they can gather information about the newcomers and inform the law enforcers, the state minister said.
It has been observed that militants and JMB men prefer remote villages for their lair and create network in these areas, Tuku said, adding that involvement of Ansar-VDP members in tackling militancy will be very effective.
He said if Ansar-VDP members became active, it would be impossible for foreign criminals to use our country as a hideout and local criminals to avoid arrests. They can also contribute to raising awareness against militancy as they live very close to people, he added.
He said his government believes in empowering women and for this they would recruit equal number of females against the male members in the force in each village.
In response to different demands raised by the Ansar-VDP high-ups in the meeting, the state minister said he would convey them to the prime minister.
Director General (DG) of Ansar-VDP Maj Gen Rafiqul Islam, Deputy DG Brig Gen ABM Taibul Islam and several other high-ups of the force attended the meeting.

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