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IGP: Conflict over cattle market to lead to its closure

Update : 07 Sep 2015, 07:14 PM

Any kind of clash over cattle market ahead of Eid-ul-Azha will lead to the closure of the market, warns AKM Shahidul Haque, inspector general of police.

The chief of police yesterday said any cattle market that becomes the centre of conflict and clashes will be immediately shut down.

Addressing a media briefing at the force’s headquarters in Dhaka yesterday the IGP said every year deadly clashes take place over cattle markets, he said.

Very often the clashes between two or more politically-backed groups lead to the incidents of murders.

This year around 23 cattle markets will be set up in the capital city of Dhaka.

“We will not tolerate any kind of illegal cattle market and extortion centering cattle markets,” says the IGP.

This time police will not stop any cattle-carrying truck only for checking documents. They will do so only if there is any valid complaint against it, says the IGP.

A monitoring cell has already been formed in the police headquarters to check out police activities.

Businessmen, especially cattle traders, from across the country, before each Eid-ul-Azha complains about extortion by police in the name of checking documents of cattle-carrying trucks.

The police chief came up with such statements while addressing a media briefing on security ahead of Eid-ul-Azha at the police headquarters.

AKM Shahidul further suggested that traders should transact money through bank accounts to avoid being robbed.

He, however, said police camps and security outposts had already been set up in cattle markets where people can get assistance while carrying money.

About fake notes the police chief said city corporation officials along with police would set up fake note detecting machines in the markets.

“And we have already intensified campaign to create awareness among mass people about dope gang members.”

About stopping cow hide smuggling, the IGP said no truck carrying cow hide would be allowed to go out of the capital for a certain period of time after Eid but the trucks carrying hide would be allowed entry into the capital.

Police will keep their vigilance at the six exit points of the capital.

About traffic jam Shahidul said around 14 watch towers would be set up to check traffic congestion. 

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