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Satkhira OC withdrawn after video of campaigning for AL goes viral

  • Published at 10:54 am December 22nd, 2018
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Kalaroa police station OC Maruf Ahmed speaking at the program organized by GKMK Pilot High School in Satkhira on December 20, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

The video showed Kalaroa OC Maruf Ahmed giving a speech as the chief guest at a program at Kalaroa’s GKMK Pilot High School on Thursday

The officer-in-charge (OC) of Kolaroa police station in Satkhira has been withdrawn from his post after coming under fire over a video of him asking people to vote for “boat.”

Satkhira Superintendent of Police Md Sajjadur Rahman confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune on Saturday.

The video showed Kalaroa OC Maruf Ahmed giving a speech as the chief guest at a program at Kalaroa’s GKMK Pilot High School on Thursday, where he urged the guests to vote for the ruling party in order to help sustain their flow of development.

Several high-ranking members of local Awami League and Grand Alliance units were present at the event during this time, along with Kalaroa Upazila Parishad Chairman Firoz Ahmed Swapan, who is also the president of the Kalaroa wing of Awami League.

Satkhira 1 BNP candidate Habibul Islam Habib said: “The OC cannot ask for votes for a specific party as an official of the state. He has violated the electoral code of conduct. This is a harbinger for the role of law enforcement in the upcoming election.

“The chief election commissioner and other Election Commission officials must take action against OC Maruf. Awami League members have lately been invading the homes of BNP leaders and activists with his help,” he added.

Asked about the incident, Kalaroa police station OC Maruf Ahmed said: “My speech was celebratory. It has been edited in the video.”

Satkhira Additional Police Superintendent (Sadar Circle) Merina Akhter said: “Police are the allies of the people. He could have spoken about law enforcement. He should not have spoken about politics.”

District Returning Officer and Deputy Commissioner SM Mostafa Kamal said: “The local police superintendent has been informed and the officer will be dealt with.”