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ACC, police make announcements to combat corruption together

  • Published at 05:22 pm January 11th, 2020
Officials of Anti-Corruption Commission and DMP Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime addresses a week-long training workshop at Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) media center in Dhaka on Saturday, December 11, 2020 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Officials of both parties made commitments to end impunity and prevent corruption

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and DMP Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) have announced that they will collaborate to fight against corruption together.

They made this statement in a week-long training workshop jointly organized by ACC and DMP CTTC unit at Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) media center in the capital on Saturday.

Officials of both parties set out their commitments to end impunity, prevent corruption, empower victims and support activists, in an effort to bolster good governance and transparency in society.

The aim of this workshop was to give strong messages to dishonest and corrupt people, they said.        

Speaking as the chief guest, ACC Commissioner Dr Md Mozammel Haque Khan urged the police and ACC officials to play active roles against corrupt people when dealing with graft cases.

"It is a good sign that police and ACC will be working together. Therefore, let us fight together. As we have police to stand beside us, we can turn this joint venture into a strong movement against corruption," Commissioner Khan added.

ACC commissioner mentioned that when university teachers, who are selected for Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS), choose to engage in corruption before leaving their respectable teaching profession, it is a negative sign for society.

He said: “If someone suddenly acquires a huge amount of wealth, then rest assured there is corruption behind it. We want to eliminate that corruption. Corruption and illegal money are major obstacles to the development of a country."

DMP Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam said if corruption, terrorism, and militancy are controlled, then the country is able to develop further.

“We want to catch as many corrupt officials as we can. Do not let anyone think that they will be happy with illegally amassed money,” he The DMP commissioner said.

He said it is particularly difficult to gather information from banks because people cash out by using various accounts. However, he added that with the use of advanced technology, they can trace the source of one's illegally amassed wealth, the cash flows and any other information, and can stop the corrupt individuals from investing their illegal money.

To the participants of the training, the DMP Commissioner said: “Whatever dangers you may face, remember that we will be with you.”

DMP Additional Commissioner Monirul Islam, also the CTTC chief, said: “The government has declared zero tolerance policy on terrorism and corruption.”

Claiming that the government did not allow militancy to resurface up after 2016, he said: "We have strongly tackled the Holey Artisan attack and controlled all terrorist activities after this incident. Similarly, the ACC also does not allow the corrupt to stand high.

We have been able to identity all attackers (of the Holey Artisan) and successfully convicted them,” he added.

“If we work together, the government will be able to implement the zero tolerance policy against corruption and terrorism,” the CTTC chief concluded.