RTNN News Desk: Police would protect the elected government ‘with the last drops of their blood’ and eliminate the terror unleashed by the ‘anti-liberation elements’ in the name of movement, said the Inspector general of police AKM Shahidul Hoque.
The police chief said so while addressing an exchange of view on ‘Eliminating terrorism and violence’ on the Mithapukur Girls High School premises in the district on Friday.
‘Enforcing blockade is not a human right and it goes against the constitution. Khaleda Zia did not join the 10th parliamentary election on the advice of the war criminals. Why should people pay for her mistake,’ the police chief asked.
The IGP said the anti-liberation forces had held the common people hostage in the name of ‘movement’ and such a situation would not be allowed to continue and terrors would be eliminated.
He said Mithapukur had turned into a stronghold of the anti-liberation forces due to the weaknesses of the pro-liberation forces in the area.
‘We are serving an elected government. People gave the government mandate to establish their rights. We must not bow down to any evil forces,’ he added.
RAB DG Benazir Ahmed said a handful of terrors had declared war against the state, the people and the society.
‘Elections will be held in the scheduled time and people will give their mandate in the polls. The interests of a certain quarter would not be attained by hurling bombs, burning people to death and destroying wealth,’ he added.
Benazir Ahmed said they would resist the ‘evil forces’ this time around with the assistance of the people in the way they did it in 2013.
District deputy commissioner Farid Ahmed chaired the meeting. Rangpur divisional commissioner Delwar Bakth, acting DIG (Rangpur Range) Humayun Kabir, Rangpur police superintendent Abdur Razzak and Awami League district unit secretary advocate Rezaul Karim Razu were also present.
Earlier, the BGB director general Major General Aziz Ahmed at a press briefing on January 15 at the Peelkhana headquarters warned saying that the force would use weapons in self-defence and when necessary to contain violence and arson attack on transports during the blockade or hartal.
‘I have not ordered [its use] yet…but, all the weapons used by the BGB are lethal. In self-defence the personnel will use weapons,’ he said.