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Dhaka Tribune

What steps are being taken to prevent bank robbery?

  • Video surveillance at every branch being ensured
  •  Increased intelligence gathering and coordination among field units
Update : 24 Apr 2024, 07:00 PM

In a recent spate of daylight attacks, three banks in the hilly district of Bandarban fell victim to brazen robberies.

In response, Bangladesh Bank and law enforcement agencies swiftly issued directives urging utmost vigilance among bank officials nationwide.

As part of the bolstered security measures, instructions were issued to ensure complete Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) or Network Video Recorder (NVR) coverage of both internal and external areas across all banks.

Additionally, continuous monitoring of these measures is underway from police headquarters.

Sources within the police headquarters have said that concerns escalated following the emergence of activities linked to the Kuki Chin National Front (KNF) in Bandarban. Despite this, the overall law and order situation remains normal across the country.

The first incident took place on the night of April 2, when KNF terrorists targeted a Sonali Bank branch in Ruma, Bandarban. They abducted the manager, looted weapons, and attempted to plunder the bank's vault. Subsequently, on the following day, similar attacks were carried out on branches of Sonali Bank and Krishi Bank in Thanchi Upazila.

Prompt actions were taken by Bangladesh Bank and the Financial Institutions Department of the Ministry of Finance in the wake of these incidents.

The Financial Institutions Department has reported the completion of CCTV installation in 1,232 branches of Sonali Bank nationwide, with ongoing efforts to equip remaining branches.

Moreover, CCTV coverage has been extended to every branch, including head offices and divisions of Janata Bank PLC, Agrani Bank PLC, Rupali Bank PLC, Bangladesh Development Bank PLC, and Basic Bank Limited.

Coordination of security efforts falls under the purview of the Public Security Department of the Ministry of Home Affairs, with multiple meetings convened among stakeholders.

Muhammad Sanwar Hossain, superintendent of police (Operations) of the Anti-Terrorism Unit (ATU), said there is a sense of unknown fear among the locals.

“However, many agencies are currently working in this regard. Which was not the case before. Now, we know which groups are active, what they can do. Our intelligence is stronger than ever,” he said.

The ATU official said everyone should still be careful in this regard.

Anwar Hossain, deputy inspector general (DIG-operations) of police headquarters, echoed the call for enhanced security, particularly in hilly regions.

He said the top officials instructed to increase intelligence gathering and coordination among field units.

“We are monitoring everything regularly from the police headquarters,” Anwar Hossain added.

He also refuted any chance of repetition of what happened in Bandarban. However, the police official urged everyone to remain vigilant to thwart any attempt.

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