Monday, June 17, 2024


Dhaka Tribune

Many DCs seek security from government

Update : 28 Nov 2013, 08:49 PM

Field-level administrations from different districts have sought for additional security from the government, fearing that the leaders and activists of the BNP-led opposition alliance may launch more attacks on them ahead of the elections.

Around 25 deputy commissioners and a divisional commissioner expressed concerns about security of their families through fax messages to the Cabinet Division and the public administration ministry in the last three days, said officials who supervise the field administration.

“The deputy commissioners may seek security but there is nothing to be worried,” Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told the Dhaka Tribune on Thursday.

Their concerns would be conveyed to the higher authorities, if needed, the top official said adding that some of the DCs might be transferred.

Sources at the Cabinet Division said the divisional commissioner of Rajshahi and DCs of Rajshahi, Bogra, Chittagong, Joypurhat, Sirajganj, Natore, Chapainawabganj, Tangail, Comilla, Satkhira, Khulna, Bagerhat, Thakurgaon, Manikganj, Lakshmipur, Lalmonirhat, Barguna, Patuakhali, Gazipur, Kishoreganj, Cox’s Bazar and Dhaka among others have sent letters.

The divisional commissioner of Rajshahi said in his letter that six out eight districts in the division were vulnerable to subversive activities. So it was necessary to provide additional forces to ensure security in those districts.

He also recommended that the government deploy army soon for the sake of election preparation and to maintain law and order.

The Election Commission has already decided to deploy army during the election period.

Some of the DCs’ said in their letters that they were afraid of carrying out their routine duties as the activists of the opposition had been carrying out sabotage and violence. Some of them have already sent their family members to Dhaka from their work places.

Abdul Hai, deputy secretary of the Cabinet Division, admitted getting the letters but denied to elaborate on the matter.

The DCs have expressed concerns at a time when the BNP-led 18-party alliance observes countrywide road, rail and waterway blockade amid severe attacks on lawmen, people and public property. The opposition is protesting the election schedule declared by the EC last week without a political consensus between the Awami League and the BNP.

More than a dozen general people, including some political activists of both the opposition and ruling parties, have died in the last few days.

The pickets in many areas also tried to set fire to field offices of the EC, upazila nirbahi officers (UNO) and police stations.

The cabinet secretary said: “We are aware of the security measures of the field-level administration. All kinds of preventive measures will be taken. But we do not want to keep the field-level officers who are afraid of attacks in their office. They are not fit to work as deputy commissioners.”  

Top Brokers


Popular Links