Rights activists flay IGP for law and order remarks

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The inspector general of police, Hassan Mahmood Khandker on Friday claimed that crime prevention campaign was at a satisfactory level but his comments drew sharp criticism from human rights defenders.
Rights activists said that the IGP had made the claims to ‘save his job and skin’ and his claims were far from realities. Such comments were tantamount to giving indulgence to criminals, they said adding that the police had failed to ensure safety of citizens.
They said rule of law was totally absent from the country and law and order was going out of control.
The IGP made the comments when the country witnessed a spate of killings in Narayanganj, Feni, Noakhali, Lakshmipur and some other places. In all the cases, the police had almost failed to crack the mysteries.
The kidnap and murder of seven people, including Narayanganj city panel mayor Nazrul Islam, last month sent shockwaves across the country.
Unnamed people killed Phulgazi upazila chairman Ekramul Haque by shooting and hacking him before burning the car he was in at Phulgazi in Feni on Tuesday. On the same day, masked miscreants on a motorbike sped through a market area firing indiscriminately and killing two transport workers in Noakhali’s Chatkhil upazila.
‘Crime control activities have been at a satisfactory level [and one should not draw the conclusion] from some stray incidents in Narayanganj, Feni, Noakhali and Lakshmipur that law and order has deteriorated, the IGP said at a programme in Dhaka.
When approached, human rights activist Shahdeen Malik said that the recent spate of killings had panicked the citizens who were worried about their safety and security.
‘Culprits are not being arrested…Instead of talking, police should arrest and prosecute the criminals…,’ said Malik, also head of law of BRAC University.
‘Such comment of IGP will encourage criminals. It will make the situation worse,’ Transparency International Bangladesh executive director Iftekharuzzaman told New Age.
He said that the people were losing their confidence in the police.
Rights watchdog Odhikar secretary Adilur Rahman Khan said that the IGP had made the claims to make the government happy. ‘Police failed to carry out their duties. Law and order situation was deteriorating and rule of law was totally absent,’ he added.

Source: New Age