Around 300 out of 512 militants arrested by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) since the Holey Artisan Bakery attack in 2016 were released on bail, and most of them have gone into hiding, Rab Director General Benazir Ahmed said yesterday.
“The militants who went into hiding are trying to regroup. But we want to assure all that they will not be able to continue their attempts for long,” the Rab DG said while exchanging views with reporters on security measures for Eid at Rab’s media centre.
The Rab chief also said there is risk of militant attacks at global and national levels. “We have taken measures coordinating our intelligence with that of other agencies,” he said. “We are ready to face any challenge,” he added.
Benazir also requested lawyers not to advocate for militants.
The Rab DG said those who are working to help secure bail for militants might become victims of militant attacks themselves. “It will be suicidal to give legal assistance to militants,” he said.
Regarding security during Eid, he said Rab has enforced its security arrangement so that people can go home and come back at peace.
The elite force has already set up 15 temporary camps at bus, train stations and launch terminals in the capital. Besides, the force is monitoring 42 vulnerable areas across the country. Moreover, Rab will ensure security at around 500 venues including Jatiya Eidgah where the main Eid congregation will take place, the Rab chief said.
Rab has also chalked out a separate plan to ensure security in cities and towns which will be comparatively empty during the Eid holidays.