Submit report on militants' bank transaction
The Committee for Resistance and Correction Militancy yesterday requested the finance ministry to submit a report to its next meeting on whether the militants are using network of any local bank.
“We need to know whether there is any dubious transactions to stop terror financing and root out militancy in the country,” a senior home ministry official said after a meeting of the committee at the ministry.
Headed by State Minister for Home Shamsul Hoque Tuku and comprised by representatives of different ministries, law enforcement agencies, Islami Foundation and some other government bodies, the meeting mainly discussed stopping terror financing, said the official.
Meanwhile, the committee that sits in an interval of three months observed that the militants might thwart the trial of liberation war crimes.
“The government has taken the war criminals to justice. But the militants who had been patronised by the previous [BNP-led alliance] government may obstruct the move,” Tuku told reporters after the meeting.
He said the militants emerged by getting patronisation, but the Awami League government has captured and put them for trial.
Tuku said there was patronisation by the state itself behind the August 21 grenade attack and August 17 serial bomb blasts across the country, smuggling of 10 trucks arms and the killings of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria and AL leader Ahsanullah Master.
The committee members said the militants could not gained strength and are being arrested regularly due to continual drives against and the government's various campaigns to uproot extremism.
The committee, originally formed under the leadership of former state minister for home Tanjim Ahmed Sohel Taj, took various initiatives to make people aware about extremism, they said.
The committee members decided to emphasise on deliberation of imams before the Juma prayers across the country to build awareness among the people about the negative sides of militancy.
Members of the committee are secretaries of the ministries of home, education, law, religious affairs, social welfare, LGRD and cooperatives, and information, the inspector general of police, chiefs of Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI), Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), Ansar and VDP, National Security Intelligence, Rapid Action Battalion, and the director general of Prime Minister's Office.