The police headquarters has sent out a set of instructions to all its unit chiefs telling them to take steps to resolve ongoing conflicts between the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and field level police officials.
The notification, issued from the HQ on Monday, suggests that police should not treat RAB as their 'rivals.' It instructs field level officials to work on the basis of 'brotherhood' with RAB and warns that any unprofessional attitude will be met with stern action.
Unprofessional behaviour will also be recorded in the officers' secret register (SR), which could reflect negatively on promotion and other facilities in future, the HQ warned.
On Wednesday several police unit chiefs confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune that they had received the notification.
In September, RAB Director General Benazir Ahmed sent a letter to senior home secretary alleging misbehaviour of police officials towards RAB officers on duty. He also alleged of police assault on RAB officials.
He warned the secretary that if immediate action was not taken on the issue, it could lead to big incidents which could spoil the public image of the police as well as the government.
Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque, while talking to reporters at the HQ recently, said these the incidents would be investigated.
Soon afterwards, the HQ formed a three-member probe body to look into Benazir's allegations, led by Deputy Inspector General (Media) AKM Shahidur Rahman.
Asked about the probe, DIG Shahidur refused to comment saying it was an ongoing investigation.
The HQ's notification sent to the unit chiefs outline 10 points of instruction. The instructions include:
- Do not attack anyone while on-duty
- Do not show unprofessional attitude or misbehave with on duty officials
- Work with RAB by treating them as colleagues not rivals
- Wear uniform while on-duty
- Settle all confusion, if any arise, by holding meetings
- If any misconduct happens with any RAB official, the unit chief must investigate
- Every incident should be recorded, the HQ informed and necessary action taken if field officials misbehave
- Field officials should take pictures if any law enforcement agency officials are found involved in wrongdoing and inform their superiors
A senior official from the HQ, requesting anonymity, told the Dhaka Tribune that police was a disciplinary force and RAB was not their rival. So instruction has been given to police officials not to misbehave with RAB.