Uphold people's basic rights
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday picked up a topic for which police are often criticized, telling them to urgently change their modus operandi by honoring human rights and the rule of law.
"It is urgently needed for you to not only earn the trust of the people by being humane in discharging their duties along with upholding fundamental rights, human rights and the rule of law," she told the newly commissioned officers at the passing-out parade of the 35th BCS batch of assistant superintendents of police (ASPs) at the Bangladesh Police Academy in Sardah, Rajshahi.
The Prime Minister said police must be pro-people, polite and sophisticated towards women and children. "You must play the role of leaders to eliminate crimes from society by formulating people-friendly police through involving them," she said.Mentioning, that the government has gained success in uprooting terrorism from the country, Hasina said drug is pushing societytowards the path of destruction like a disease.
"We have to save the nation from this drug. For that, you'll have to do special works...we want you to take strong punitive actions against drug abusers, suppliers, traders, producers or whoever he or she is. For this you must maintain good relations with mass people," she said.
Hasina said she has the belief that the police force will be successful in eliminating the drug from Bangladesh as they did in uprooting militancy.The Prime Minister took salute and inspected the parade.
The Prime Minister distributed medals among M Salman Farsi, Asma Akhter Sonia and Mahbub Hossain for their outstanding performance in different fields of the course.
Earlier on her arrival at the Sarda Police Academy, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary and Principal of the academy Additional Inspector General Md Nazibur Rahman received her.
Hasina directed the new ASPs to uphold the glorious role of the members of the Bangladesh Police played during the Great War of Liberation and work following the path of their predecessors with patriotism, professionalism and unbound bravery.
The present government has established the Police Staff College to provide modern training to senior police officials, she said.
Noting that the continued success of Bangladesh Police in combating militancy is not only recognized at home, but also in the international arena, Hasina said her government is going on with a 'zero-tolerance' policy against terrorism and militancy.
She extended her heartfelt thanks to those martyred members of the police and intelligence agencies who have died in various anti-militant drives.
Listing various steps taken by her government for the development of Bangladesh Police force after the December 29, 2008 election, she said some 739 posts have been created in various cadres in the organogram of police, some 42,225 posts created against the already announced 50,000 posts, while formation of 'Counter Terrorism Unit' is at the final stage.
Steps have also been taken to form 'Guard and protection police' to beef up security at important installations and to important persons in addition to establishing 30 in-service training centers across the country, Hasina added.
ASP Probationer Swandip Sarker conducted the parade as parade commander while Probationer ASP Imar Uddin was its second-in-command.
Among the trainees, Sandeep Sarker received the award of 'Best Probationer' while Mashukur Rahman got the award of 'Best Academic' and Md Belal Hossain the award of the 'Best Horsemanship' from the Prime Minister.
-Obaidul Islam Robi, AA from Rajshahi