Top officials of the police on Sunday said the law enforcement agency would continue to cooperate with the present ‘elected’ government to uphold democratic process in the country. About the disappearance of Bangladesh Nationalist Party joint secretary general Salah Uddin Ahmed, the inspector general of police, AKM Shahidul Hoque, said the law enforcers did not arrest him and they were investigating into the allegation of his disappearance. The police officials were addressing a seminar on ‘Police’s contribution to the Liberation War and their role in protecting democracy and human rights’ at the Nabab Nawab Ali Senate Bhaban in the Dhaka University. An organisation called ‘Journey’ arranged the seminar with its adviser Khandaker Bazlul Haque, also a Dhaka University professor, in the chair. The prime minister’s political adviser HT Imam addressed the seminar as the chief guest while the prime minister’s economic affairs adviser Mashiur Rahman and liberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Haque, among others, attended the programme. HT Imam said that there were incidents in which police were seen not coming to the aid of someone in trouble. ‘There are black sheep in the police. They should be tried,’ he said adding that the murder of Avijit Roy would not have taken place had the perpetrators of the attack on Humayun Azad been put on trial. Giving a hint that Salah Uddin went into hiding, he said that the police were discharging their duties with ‘utmost professionalism and sincerity even after repeated attacks on them.’ ‘It is not acceptable that you will blame law enforcers for disappearance of any person. They made the same allegation after BNP leader Ilias Ali went missing.’ ‘Ilias Ali might have fled to India where Haris Chowdhury has been hiding,’ he noted. Mashiur Rahman alleged that a certain quarter for political gains had launched a smear campaign against the police that they were doing excesses. ‘Police and law enforcers are discharging their duties and cooperating with the government in line with the country’s constitution to uphold the democratic process and human rights as the constitution is the mother of all laws in a country,’ Shahidul Hoque told the seminar. He told newsmen after the function that the present government had been ‘elected by the people in direct polling and is staying in power on the basis of the people’s confidence in it.’ ‘Every member of the police is politically aware and they resisted the evil forces’ attempts to snatch state power through unconstitutional means in 2013-2014.’ On Salah Uddin’s disappearance, the IGP said the police were not aware of the whereabouts of the BNP leader even before his disappearance. ‘We were in fact hunting him as he was wanted by the police.’ He said, ‘We do not know how he went missing. The police did not arrest him. The law enforcers did not arrest him. We are investigating the allegations his wife has made.’ He said the police would move to arrest Khaleda Zia whenever the arrest warrant reached them. ‘Police played a neutral role in all past elections,’ he claimed. In response to a question, the police chief said newspapers often published reports on violation of human rights by the police but most of them were ‘untrue’. Additional IGP Mokhlesur Rahman said the law enforcers were playing their role in upholding the democratic process and human rights. Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia said the law enforcement agency had taken the ‘brutality and terrorism’ which had been continuing since January 5 as a challenge. He also said that the country’s independence and history would have been distorted and the democratic process would have been thwarted, had Hefajat-e-Islam’s conspiracy not been foiled at that time. ‘Police with their utmost bravery foiled the conspiracy of Hefajat-e-Islam which tried to unleash terror under the patronage of anti-liberation elements, militant forces and so-called democratic parties.’ He said the Dhaka University campus from Shahbagh to Shaheed Minar would be brought under surveillance by installing closed-circuit TV cameras.
Source: New Age