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‘Dipto Shopoth’ honours promise kept at the cost of life

  • Published at 12:49 am July 2nd, 2018
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A sculpture recognizing the sacrifice of two police officials during the Holey Artisan attack was unveiled at Gulshan police station on Sunday Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

‘Dipto Shopoth’, which can be translated to shining oath, represents the promise the law enforcement officials take to lay down their lives in service of public safety and peace

A sculpture commemorating the supreme sacrifice of two police officials during the terror attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka in 2016 was unveiled at a police station on Sunday.

‘Dipto Shopoth’, which can be translated to shining oath, represents the promise the law enforcement officials take to lay down their lives in service of public safety and peace.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia paid tributes to the martyred police officials by laying floral wreaths at the feet of the sculpture at the Old Gulshan police station premises on Gulshan Avenue.

Sculptured by reputed sculptor Mrinal Haque the figures symbolize the martyred DMP Detective Branch Assistant Commissioner Rabiul Karim and Banani police station Officer-in-charge Salauddin Khan, both who were killed trying to rescue hostages during the attack.

Family members of Rabiul Karim and Salauddin Khan, representatives of different police units and social organizations placed wreaths at the sculpture to honour the fallen officers. Policemen from Razarbag police line formed a guard of honour to the martyrs.  

The DMP chief said: “The supreme sacrifice of these two police officers inspires us to fight against any kind of criminals, especially terrorists. Many of our officials were also killed during anti-militancy drives across the country.” 

“We have conducted around 70 drives across the country in which many militants were arrested and many others were killed. We also found effective response from the common people and the media.” 

“The charge sheet of the Holey Artisan case will hopefully be submitted to court this week,” Asaduzzaman added.

“We do not claim that we have eradicated the militancy problem from the country for good, but we have succeeded in busting most of the militant dens, arresting many of them and raising awareness against militancy. Militancy is a global problem, and Bangladesh has built a good reputation on how to battle militancy. We fought with dedication and professionalism.”

On July 1, 2016, five militants entered the Holey Artisan Bakery, held hostages, and killed 20 people, mostly foreigners. Rabiul and Salahuddin were among the first wave of law enforcement that responded to the attack, and were mercilessly killed by the terrorists.

Army commandos stormed the restaurant the next morning, killing the terrorists and rescuing the surviving hostages.

A case was filed with Gulshan police station on July 4, 2016, and the Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of police took charge of the investigation.

Police found 21 people involved in the attack, starting from the planning, preparation and execution. Of them, 13, including the attackers, are dead.

Asaduzzaman said that the police station was chosen for the installation instead of the place of the attack because this is a prominent place where the sculpture can be seen by the public.