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Ctg police stations turn a centre of knowledge

Ctg police stations turn a centre of knowledge
A library has been established at Chattogram Kotwali Police Station under an initiative taken by Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) where policemen, arrestees and visitors can spend time reading books. In the photo taken recently, two policemen, a visitor and an accused (Inset) are seen reading books. —sun Photo

CHATTOGRAM: Many people think of a police station as a fearful word and a place for offenders, but all the police stations in the port city have been turned a place of acquiring knowledge for the people under custody, visitors and policemen as well.

Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) authorities have set up mini-libraries at all the 16 police stations under Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) in the port city.

Members of the police force, people under the police custody and the visitors can read books there free of cost.

People can even take books from the libraries, if needed. There are 300 to 600 books of various categories at every library.

A mini-library can be found on the first floor of Chandgaon police station in the port city. Inspector (Investigation) Manibur Rahman was found reading ‘Oshomapto Attojiboni’, an autobiography of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Some other police officials were also seen reading there.

Talking to the Daily Sun, Manibur said, "Reading books is like the food for the soul. We have to read certain books on law during our training period in police force. But, the world of book is nothing less than an ocean.”

“Here in our newly-built library, we can read books of various writers of different genres on numerous categories,” the inspector added.

“This mini-library is not only open to the police officers but also to visitors or beneficiaries coming to this police station,” he further said.

Officer in-Charge Moinur Rahman of the same police station said they set up the mini-library here following the directive from immediate-past CMP Commissioner Saleh Md Tanvir.

“Later, we felt the urgency to engage other police officials with this project and subsequently, we asked them about their choices of books and upgraded the library accordingly,” said the OC.

Asked about the challenges, he said, “Our thana compound and the buildings are not well-designed where we can afford an extra room for a library. But within the limitations, we are trying to make the best use of the library.”

Almost the same scenario could be found at Kotwali police station. The mini-library was set up on the ground floor with an aesthetic decoration of the walls and book shelves.

A female visitor was seen reading a book of Dale Carnegie, a famous motivational writer, there.

Even an arrestee in the lockup was noticed lying down with a book on his hand. The police officer concerned said the detainees are often provided with books in the lockup, if they ask for it.

 When asked about the initiative, the prominent academic and former Vice-Chancellor of Chittagong University Professor Dr Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury said, “We have seen community libraries in developed countries across the world.”

 The members of the communities, including students, professionals and the senior citizens, go and spend their time in a qualitative manner there,” he said       . “There is no doubt that our young generation is getting involved with various criminal activities. If we can help grow the habit of reading books in them, it will help them evolve as a better human being,” said the academic.

Professor Iftekhar has also suggested placing different books in the library considering the readers at the police stations.

He said, “The books the detainees will read should be different from what the police read. As we know, the police station is more like a correction center for the criminals. When police read books on tackling criminal offences, criminology and such things, books on self-development should be kept for the detainees.”

“If we can develop the habit of reading books among the criminals, it will be fruitful for their personal life as well as the nation,” the social scientist added.