He said law enforment has undertaken foolproof security measures to ensure a festive voting environment
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr. Mohammad Javed Patwary has said voting in the 11th general election is underway—in a peaceful and festive manner—nationwide; except for a few alleged, isolated, incidents.
“Police, RAB and Ansar have undertaken foolproof security measures nationwide to ensure a festive voting environment,” the IGP told reporters; after inspecting a polling centre at Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, on the capital’s Bailey Road, around 9:45am on Sunday.
IGP Javed also described a number of incidents that disturbed the usual voting scenario.
In Chittagong, there were two to three incidents. At one polling centre, miscreants snatched away two firearms from the on-duty policemen; injuring five members, he said.
The IGP continued, “At a voting centre in Mymensingh, miscreants looted the service firearm of a policeman and the policeman sustained injuries while trying to resist the attackers. In Bhairab, some miscreants attacked police attempting to snatch away the ballot boxes, but failed.”
In Noakhali, there were incidents of disorder at two polling centers. In one case, miscreants snatched away voting materials. Police are trying to recover those, he said.
When asked about the opposition’s allegations that their agents were not being allowed into the polling centers, he said police has not received any such allegations.
“If their polling agents do not show up at the centers then it is not our duty to bring them in. We are providing security to those who have already come to the center,” he said.
The IGP furthered that they have taken all the necessary measures of security for the voters and voting officials before, during, and after the polls.
“We are not harassing any polling agents of any party. We are arresting individuals who have been accused in different cases,” he added.