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Police bodies reject Japan ambassador’s comment

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 18 November, 2022 12:00 AM
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Two associations of Bangladesh Police have rejected the recent comment of Japanese ambassador on stuffing ballots by policemen during polls.

On Thursday, the Bangladesh Police Service Association (BPSA) and the Bangladesh Police Association (BPA), in separate written statements, rejected the comment and requested the ambassador to withdraw it.

A statement signed by BPSA President Monirul Islam, also chief of the Special Branch, and General Secretary Md Asaduzzaman, also superintendent of police in Dhaka District, said the allegation raised by Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ito Naoki in his comment was baseless and unwarranted. It stated that the comment deeply embarrassed and shocked all the policemen in the country.

The association strongly condemned the ambassador’s statement.

In another written statement, signed by BPA’s President BM Forman Ali, also officer-in-charge of Gulshan Police Station, and General Secretary Mazharul Islam, also officer-in-charge of Jatrabari Police Station, protested against the comment of the Japanese ambassador.

It termed the comment baseless and unexpected.

On Monday, Ambassador Naoki said that he heard about the example of "ballot box stuffing," in which some police officers stuffed the ballot box the night before the elections.

He had never heard of such incidents in any other country, and such incidents should never be repeated, he said at a "Meet the Ambassador" event held in a Dhaka hotel.