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RAB does not need reforms, says new chief

RAB Director General M Khurshid Hossain speaks to reporters after paying tribute to Bangabandhu

Update : 01 Oct 2022, 03:32 PM

The Rapid Action Battalion is not in need of any reforms, its newly appointed director general, M Khurshid Hossain, has said.

“We do not operate outside the law. There are rules and regulations governing RAB. The elite force is run as per the rules,” the new RAB chief told reporters after placing a floral wreath at Bangabandhu's portrait at Dhanmondi 32 on Saturday.

When asked about US Ambassador Peter Haas’s advice on reforming RAB, Khurshid said the elite police unit did not do anything illegal and it had not received any proposals on reforms from the US.

Khurshid took charge as the new director general of RAB on Friday.

A day earlier, Ambassador Haas said the US had not imposed sanctions on RAB and seven of its former and current officials to punish them but to change their behaviour and to hold them accountable for their actions.

Responding to a question, the ambassador said there had been no change in the US’ policy and the sanctions were still in place. 

They would remain so until there was accountability and reform, he said, adding: “We are looking for accountability for past incidents.”

When asked about the ambassador’s statements, the RAB chief said the sanctions were being dealt with officially. “We have responded to what the US wanted to know. After that they did not get the chance to raise any questions.”

“I do not think the sanctions are a big challenge for us,” he said. 

“It is true that one can make mistakes while discharging one’s duties… But what has to be considered is whether we are working for our own benefit or for the people.”

“We will collectively do our best to rid the country of drugs, militancy and terrorism,” he asserted. 

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