Be alert at all times and guard police vehicles: DMP chief

Nuruzzaman Labu
Published : 13:00, Jun 12, 2019 | Updated : 13:03, Jun 12, 2019

A police pick up van near Malibagh caught fire after an explosion on Sunday (May 26).The threat of a militant attack during Eid has not dissipated as yet; therefore, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia has asked all members of the police to remain alert.
He made the comment on Tuesday (Jun 11), at a monthly crime related meeting. At the meet, high officials plus OCs of 50 police stations were present.
No police vehicle can be left unattended; one person has to be with the car at all times, came the directive from the senior police officer.
Within a span of 1 month, two explosions took place in Gulisthan and Malibag of the city.
On Apr 29 last, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was exploded near the Gulisthan Traffic Box in Dhaka which injured two members of the police and a member of the community police.
In addition, an explosive with a timer was detonated in a police car in Malibagh on May 26.
Police high ups say that militants are targeting law enforcers and their plan to carry out more attacks did not succeed since the police were alert during Eid holidays.
Head of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit (CTTC), Monirul Islam, said: “Two attacks were made on the police in a matter of one month; this means that militants are trying to regroup.”
Police high ups also feel there may be a militant den in the city and so, emphasis is given on collecting information about tenants.
Already, information about 2.1 million tenants has been gathered.
Along with the DMP IT team, field operatives will visit zones to collect information about tenants.
Police believe that once information of all tenants in the city is in the system, the risk will fall. However, it was stressed that general people should not be harassed in any way.
“We must serve the people and not act like thugs or disrespect anyone,” said DMP commissioner.
DMP’s Additional Commissioner (crime and apps) Krishnapada Roy, commented: “We must raise the service of the police; no money can be taken during the filing of a GD or lodging a case.”