ACC not authorised to arrest anyone directly: PM

MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is not authorised to arrest any suspect directly.

She also urged public organisations and statutory bodies, including the ACC, to perform their jobs maintaining own jurisdictions.

“The ACC is not authorised to create any prison to detain anyone after one’s arrest. The commission can issue directives to law enforcement agencies to apprehend the suspects,” the prime minister said.

“Appropriate organisations will have to do their respective works and this will have to keep this in mind,” Sheikh Hasina said.

She came up with the statement on Monday during a conference of senior police officers at her office as part of the Police Week-2020 celebrations.

Bangladesh’s police this year observe the Police Week-2020 that began on Sunday coinciding with the Mujib Borsho with the theme being “Mujib Borsher Ongikar, Police Hobe Janatar”.

The premier mentioned that police personnel are now getting appointments in the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) while they should have their representatives in other public organisations as well.

“We’ll take initiatives in this regard,” she said referring to a police demand for their engagement beyond the force.

The prime minister asked the police force to develop a more people-friendly image, appreciating its achievement in the recent past in earning people’s confidence and trust to a great extent as the country’s main law enforcement agency.

“You will have to become ‘people’s police’,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said the introduction of the National Emergency Service-999, largely boosted people’s confidence towards the law enforcement agency as they now witness quick police response after calling the number.

The premier said a police unit was developed particularly to secure the industries saying this specialised Industrial Police should be more strengthened to ensure security in the 100 special economic zones being established across the country.

Sheikh Hasina said police force now crucially needed a separate medical corps of its own as the doctors from outside generally were unwilling join the Police Hospital while the main law enforcement agency itself had many physicians.

“A separate medical corps can easily be raised with police officials having medical background,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said the government widened the field of foreign training for the police personnel and revealed a plan to set up a separate training centre for the police women in future.

Sheikh Hasina said police recently recruited nearly 10,000 constables through a very transparent process setting an “imitable example”.

The premier praised the police role in containing terrorism, militancy and terrorism and drug abuse and asked them to further strengthen their ongoing drives to root out terrorism and narcotics.

“A society free from terrorism, communalism, militancy and drugs is indispensable to turn the youth folk into a skilled manpower,” she said reminding police of her government’s “zero tolerance policy” against terrorism, militancy and drugs so they could not victimise anymore the youths.

The premier reminded all policemen of the force’s glorious role in 1971 Liberation War and its subsequent contributions to maintain law and order and protecting public security in different national crises.

The premier reminded all policemen of the force’s glorious role in 1971 Liberation War and its subsequent contributions to maintain law and order and protecting public security in different national crises.

Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is now being treated as a role model of development in the international world and added that the nation now expects police to play their part in advancing Bangladesh’s development being imbued with the spirit of 1971 and patriotism.

The premier said Bangladesh gave shelter to more than 1.1 million forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals on completely humanitarian grounds.

“Police is playing a commendable role in ensuring security to the Rohingya camps and maintaining law and order there,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said the anti-liberation communal forces made sinister attempts to destabilise the country in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

“They unleashed terror and ruined state properties through strikes, blockades, violence, torching and killing of innocent people,” she said.

The premier added: “But police members prevented those subversive activities with highest professionalism and managed to restore peace and confidence in the society.”

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Senior Secretary of the Public Security Division Mostafa Kamal and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary also addressed the function.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam, DIG of Mymensingh Range Barrister Harunur Rashid, Khulna’s Metropolitan Police Commissioner Khandakar Lutful Kabir and Additional Police Super of Chattogram Amena Begum also spoke.

Ministers, the premier’s advisers, secretaries to the PM and senior PMO officials were present on the occasion.


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