Protectors turn predators | 2019-03-26 |

Protectors turn predators

Police’s crimes continue unabated

Md Esaraf Hossain

26 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

A section of police ranging from constable to deputy inspector general (DIG) are allegedly getting involved in various crimes including drug trade, robbery, extortion, and even sexual harassment in the capital and elsewhere in the country.

According to police headquarters, almost everyday hundreds of complaints are lodged with SP offices of district police and the security cell of police headquarters in the capital.

These complaints are being lodged mainly through emails and mobile phones. Some complainants complained appearing in person at different offices of the department directly, headquarters sources said.

On January 9, last year, authorities concerned have withdrawn Deputy Inspector General of Police Mizanur Rahman from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police over allegations of abducting a woman and later marrying her forcefully.

An internal investigation is now under way against the senior police officer, police sources said.

Joynal Abedin, a sub-inspector of Cumilla police has recently been suspended for earning huge amount of money illegally. Joynal has allegedly become millionaire within over three years after joining his job. 

Cumilla Superintendent of Police (SP) Syed Nurul Islam said, “Departmental action has already been taken against Joynal as he was found guilty. Inspector General of Police (IGP) sir is directly monitoring the allegation against him.”

On February 11, this year, two officers at Saturia police station in Manikganj were withdrawn after they were accused of abducting two women and raping one of them later.

On February 8, this year, two officers of Gazipur district police have been suspended allegedly for kidnapping three youths in the district.

The two cops are: Assistant Sub-inspector (ASI) Abdullah Al Mamun and ASI Mushfikur Rahman.

Around six months ago, seven members of Detective Branch (DB) of police were caught red handed by army personnel for possessing a Tk17 lakh ransom at a check post on Teknaf-Cox’s Bazar Marine Drive.

Another member, however, managed to flee the scene when army personnel started checking their vehicle.

According to the police headquarters, some 721 criminal cases have been filed against policemen from 2012 to 2017. The accused are mostly constables and sub-inspectors.

At least 44 police personnel of different ranks lost their job while 385 others were suspended, the sources said.

In 2016, 128 cases were filed accusing the members of police allegedly involved in different crimes.

Another statistic from the police headquarters shows that the department has taken 67,039 disciplinary actions against the accused members in the years between 2012 and 2015.

About 4-7% of these members were awarded punishments like forced retirement and dismissal from job.

A total of 517 people have been fired and 36 sent to forced retirement.

Suspension, demotion, salary cuts, and transfers were also some minor actions taken against the offenders.

The number of punishments was the highest at 15,297 in 2014 and lowest at 11,167 in 2015, headquarters sources.

When contacted, Sohel Rana, Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police at headquarters, said, “The number of 1012 police personnel involved in the crimes is not high in proportion to around two lakh police forces in the country.” 

Police headquarters is monitoring those corrupt policemen who have become millionaires within very a short span of time after joining his job, the officer said.

Recently, police headquarters has taken departmental action against such corrupt policemen, he also said.

A total of 1012 police personnel were given punishment from January 1 to December 31 last year. Of them, 61 have been terminated from their job, he said.

No police members involved in the crimes are being spared. Police personnel ranging from constables to senior officers are now facing lawsuits for their alleged crimes, he said.

For instance, Faridpur’s Superintendent of Police (SP) Subhash Chandra Saha and his wife Rina Chowdhury were accused in graft case and they are facing lawsuits. The SP has already been closed from Faridpur district police.  

Police headquarters has taken adequate steps to stop crimes by police personnel in the country, the AIG also said.