Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Benazir Ahmed said that Hefazat-e-Islam’s attack in Brahmanbaria is part of a collective crime.
“There is no reason to be afraid of. The state, the law and the people are by your side. You have filed case; of course action will be taken against the attackers,” he said.The IGP said this while exchanging views with journalists at Brahmanbaria Press Club on Thursday afternoon after inspecting various damaged establishments in the district.
He said people of Brahmanbaria will have to suffer for the next 50 years, as the land office was set ablaze there.
When asked why police failed to keep the situation under control, he said an investigation is underway to ascertain whether there was any negligence from law enforcers. Action will be taken if anyone is found guilty of negligence, he added.
“Our Alem Society is now divided into two parts. One is Rouhani Hujur which is full of spiritual power. And the other one is political. We need to identify them.”
He also requested assistance from people to identify those who resorted to violence.
“If local residents have any video footage of the clash, (they should) provide it to the police concerned. Then it will be easy to bring those involved in the crime to book. That is why everyone’s cooperation is necessary,” he said.The IGP said, “You should know that not only the people of Brahmanbaria, but 160 million people across the country are with you. And those who are doing such activities will be resisted by the law enforcement agencies at any cost.”
Director General of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Abdullah Al Mamun, Chief of Special Branch of Police Monirul Islam, Chattogram Range Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Md Anwar Hossain, Brahmanbaria Deputy Commissioner Hayad Ud Daula Khan and Brahmanbaria Superintendent of Police (SP) Md Anisur Rahman were also present.
During the strike called by Hefazat-e-Islam for 28 March, various government and non-government establishments in Brahmanbaria were vandalised and set on fire.
Supporters of the strike damaged Brahmanbaria Khantihata Highway Police Station, the Allauddin Sangeetangan, Sadar Upazila Assistant Commissioner’s (Land) Office, Water Development Board Office, Municipality Office, District Council Office and the house and the office of District Awami League General Secretary Al Mamun Sarkar.