Friday, October 29, 2004

Bangladesh: Overview of the security situation


The overall situation, vis-a-vis law and order in the country, awaits substantive attention of government agencies. The measures taken so far have produced some fruit. But much more rigorous enduring actions are needed to arrest and take legal action against the underground elements. People remain in an environment of uncertainty for life and living.While on the subject, it may be noted that law-enforcing agencies have yet to contain the possession and use of arms by criminals and members of underground parties. Some teams of law-enforcing agencies had to fight with such criminals and party-members. Some members of the law-enforcing agencies have either been killed or injured in the course of their investigation. People at large only wonder about the realities in the country.

Further vigilance for hill districts

A RECENT press report said that a team of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) recovered some arms and ammunition from Bandarban district. The same team went to a remote village named Boidhyarpara under Baishari Union of Naikshangchhari upazila in the district. The team recovered three AK-47 rifles, two magazines containing live bullets and anti-aircraft ammunition plus bullets of sub-machineguns. These arms and ammunition were left by criminals and anti-state elements who have been using the hill districts as their hideout for years. They have linkage with outlawed political groups who work secretly and stay out of sight of the people and the authorities. Allegedly some of them get support from foreign lands. They create law and order problem in selected areas and use arms for obtaining financial support from local people who under duress are bound to extend support to these groups.

In recent months the hauling up of arms including those from a jetty of Chittagong Port has literally haunted law-enforcing agencies. Who had sent those arms, where from and for whom are all crucial questions but as yet, no substantive report on the recovery of arms from those involved in underhand deals has yet been submitted to the government. The recovery of arms from criminals and members of underground parties from Kushtia, Jessore and Khulna districts also awaits investigation.

While on the subject, it may be noted that law-enforcing agencies have yet to contain the possession and use of arms by criminals and members of underground parties. Some teams of law-enforcing agencies had to fight with such criminals and party-members. Some members of the law-enforcing agencies have either been killed or injured in the course of their investigation. People at large only wonder about the realities in the country.

The overall situation, vis-a-vis law and order in the country, awaits substantive attention of government agencies. The measures taken so far have produced some fruit. But much more rigorous enduring actions are needed to arrest and take legal action against the underground elements. People remain in an environment of uncertainty for life and living.

It is worth noting, whether the landmass plus some people including those handling shipment and transport of illegal arms, are used by anti-state elements. If so, more careful attention has to be given by the government. Law-enforcing agencies including the armed forces plus border guards should be made effective for containing law and order problems. The hauling up of arms from different places and sources has to be ensured, without any fear or favour.

The New Nation 27/10/2004