Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said police showed extreme patience during a clash with Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) in front of the National Press Club on Sunday.
The minister said this while speaking as the chief guest at a programme marking ‘Police Memorial Day-2021’ at Police Staff College in the capital’s Mirpur area on Monday.On that day, leaders and activists of the JCD, a student body of BNP, engaged in a clash with policemen, as law enforcers prevented them from holding a protest rally.
“We have noticed how cruelly a policeman was beaten in front of the National Press Club. We observed the entire incident. At that time, police showed extreme patience. Two to three policemen entered the club as the JCD men continued hurling brick chips and stones at them from the inside of the club,” he said.
He said a big number of policemen die while discharging their duties every year. A total of 457 policemen died in various ways last year. Of them, 208 died while carrying out their duties.
In response to a question whether the National Press Club is insecure as police and outsiders were locked in clash inside it, he said the National Press Club is still secure.
“As the situation went out of control, police lobbed tear gas shells. It was a tactic of police,” he said.
He urged the authorities of the National Press Club to be alert to entry of outsiders. “The Press Club is yours (journalists). You have to think about its security.”Inspector General of Police Dr Benazir Ahmed presided over the programme.