Cooperate with police in stamping out terror: PM

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina decorates police officers with Bangladesh Police Medal and President’s Police Medal at a progamme at Rajarbagh Police Lines on Tuesday. — New Age photo

Reiterating that there is no place for violence, terrorism and militancy in the country, the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Tuesday urged all irrespective of political opinions to cooperate with the police in resisting terrorist and subversive activities unleashed by Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Jamaat-e-Islami.
‘I will urge the people of the country to stand united against the terrorist and militant activities and resist those extending all-out cooperation to Bangladesh police in this regard,’ she said.
The prime minister was addressing the inaugural function of the Bangladesh Police Week-2015 at Rajarbagh Police Lines on Tuesday.
Terming petrol bomb attacks on buses, trains and thus burning people to death, pulling out fishplates of railway tracks as heinous acts, Hasina called upon the BNP-Jamaat men to refrain from such subversive acts.
‘I want the country’s people to stay in peace, Bangladesh to become a peaceful country in South Asia, and there will be no place for violence, militancy and terrorism,’ she said adding that a peaceful environment can ensure further economic prosperity and development.
Hasina alleged that when Bangladesh is recognised globally with various awards and honours as well as attaining massive socio-economic development, then the BNP-Jamaat clique has been tarnishing the country’s image without any reason.
Referring to the forgery of the six US congressmen’s signatures and spreading the news of fake telephone conversations between Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah and BNP chief Khaleda Zia, Hasina said. ‘They have stampeded Bangladesh’s image globally through such falsehoods.’
Asking the members of Bangladesh Police to discharge their duties properly alongside winning the trust and confidence of people, the prime minister said she wants each ad every member of police to discharge their duties with utmost professionalism in securing public safety as per the existing law of the land. ‘Police should be the friends of the common people as they are their last resort.’
Mentioning that members of the police now have to face various challenges like tackling cyber crime, money laundering, smuggling of drugs and goods, human and child trafficking, protecting the marine and forest resources and environment, Hasina said her government has a plan to provide them with whatever necessary or logistic supports to face such challenges.
The prime minister also asked the members of the police to help build a hunger- and poverty-free middle-income country by 2021 and a prosperous developed country by 2041 through ensuring peace and security.

Source: New Age

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