Militants target law and order forces: IGP

Inspector General of Police Dr M Javed Patwary on Wednesday said that militants have targeted the law-and order forces as they have been entrusted with the task of ensuring security across the country, reports BSS. “Militants are attacking the law and order forces around the world through ‘lone wolf’ system. The trend of lone wolf attacks has been increasing,” he said.

The police chief said this while exchanging views with the new executive committee of Bangladesh Crime Reporters’ Association (CRAB) at Police Headquarters. He said activities of militants and terrorists are now under control but it is not possible to root out militancy fully. CRAB President Abul Khair and its General Secretary Dipu Sarwar addressed, among others, at the meeting.

The IGP said, “It is possible to prevent the trend of individual attack through exchanging information about militants or suspected people. People became aware after the attack on Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s Gulshan on July 1, 2016.” There is no IS (Islamic State) activities in Bangladesh but its ideological communication may exist at individual level, Dr Patwary went on saying.

The law enforcers assured that they would take adequate security measures for the peaceful celebration of Buddha Purnima on May 18. “We have asked to deploy additional policemen in uniform and plainclothes during the Buddha Purnima celebration as well as at the important city points and establishments,” he said.

CRAB vice president Mizan Malik, organizing secretary Rashed Nizam, additional IGP M Shafiqul Islam, DIG (Operation) Barrister Mahbubur Rahman, DIG (Media) YM Belalur Rahman, AIG (Media) Md Sohel Rana, Police Super Kamruzzaman and Senior Information Officer of the Police Headquarters AKM Kamrul Ahsan were present.