Will take measures if political programmes cause public sufferings: Home Minister
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal yesterday (November 8, 2022) warned that the law enforcers will take necessary measures if programmes organised by political parties cause public sufferings.
"We are not interfering in any political party's meetings. We will not obstruct their political programme. But if anyone causes public suffering in the name of political programmes, action will be taken against them," he said.
The minister made the remarks while exchanging views with top police officials during the quarterly crime conference at Rajarbagh Police Auditorium in the capital.
The home minister's comments came at a time when the political situation in the country has heated up centring opposition BNP's divisional rallies and ruling Awami League's warning that the government would not go easy on the BNP in December, the month of victory.
The BNP has been holding rallies in the divisional cities protesting the price hike of essentials and fuel, recent killings of five party men in police firings, and also demanding release of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Rallies have so far been held in Chattogram, Mymensingh, Khulna, Rangpur, and Barishal. The rest of the rallies are scheduled for November 12, 19, 26, December 3, and 10 in Faridpur, Sylhet, Cumilla, Rajshahi, and Dhaka.
Transport strikes were called ahead of the rallies held so far except the first one held in Chattogram.
Yesterday's views exchange programme was attended by superintendents of police (SPs) from all districts, police commissioners of metropolitan cities, range deputy inspector generals and top police officials who joined the two-day conference. Md Aminul Islam Khan, senior secretary of the Public Security Division of home ministry, also spoke.
Inspector General of Police Chowdhury Abdullah al Mamun, who chaired the conference, expressed concern saying that earlier constables were found involved in drug related crimes, but now even inspectors are getting involved in such crimes, meeting sources said.
The IGP warned that if any member of the police force is found to be involved in drug consumption and trading and in incidents related to repression of women then they will face both departmental and criminal cases and will be terminated.
Crime statistics placed at the conference by Deputy Inspector General (Crime) YM Belalur Rahman at the conference showed that murders, robbery and theft marked a rise in the three months till September comparing to the previous quarter, meeting sources said.
The number of toll cases, however, decreased in the three months till September compared to April-June period, they added.
He also instructed the SPs to monitor markets to curb price hike of essentials.
According to the meeting sources, two SPs proposed to reduce fine for violating traffic rules by motorcyclists since many people are earning their livelihood driving motorcycles, but three SPs instantly opposed the proposal saying if the fine is reduced then rules violations by motorcyclists will increase.