Fear of Election Violence

Cops put on high alert

Md Esaraf Hossain

9 November, 2018 12:00 AM printer

All high-profile officials of law enforcement agencies have been instructed to remain on high alert to quell possible election violence in the country.

Sources said vested quarters may carry out vandalism and other violence to worsen the law and order over the 23 December general election.

As part of security measures, all additional inspectors general, deputy inspectors general and superintendents of police were put on high alert, sources at the Police Headquarters said.

Even, all the intelligence branches have also been asked to remain alert to sabotage.

Police supers and deputy police supers have been directed to keep close monitoring of secret militant activities, the sources added. 

Detective branches are busy preparing a fresh list of militants staying in or outside jail.

After submitting the list, law enforcers will carry out a joint operation against militants in the capital and elsewhere in the country.

Like 2013 and 2014, BNP and Jamaat activists may carry out massive violence in the country, detective sources said.

As part of their security measures, law enforcers have already intensified their patrols in different parts of the country.

In separate drives, cops have already arrested many leaders and activists of Jamaat-Shibir in different places on charges of vandalism.

Law enforcers and members of intelligence branches also keep close watch on many leaders and activists of the BNP-Jamaat alliance involved in the 2013-14 violence.

Security measures have been tightened further as BNP and other opposition parties are taking preparations for an anti-government movement to realise their demands.

Bloody clashes may break out between activists of the ruling and opposition parities.

Many fear that country’s political situation will worsen if the major parties fail to bring a fruitful solution to election issues.

“As part of their blueprint, militants have reportedly started coming out of

their hideouts and regrouping, intelligence sources said.

Inspector General of Police Mohammad Javed Patwary warned that sabotage or anarchy in the name of movement will not be tolerated.

Law enforcers are now on high alert to possible violence in the country, he added.