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Narayanganj SP: Had to argue with minister to stop riverway extortion

  • Published at 07:57 pm March 10th, 2019
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District superintendent of police Harun Or Rashid addresses a monthly meeting of the district law and order committee at the Narayanganj Deputy Commissioner’s Office on Sunday; March 10, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The SP said the police were determined not to let anyone run a drugs or extortion business using political influence

Narayanganj police has faced many hurdles during their mission to stop rampant extortion in the district’s riverways, including an argument with a sitting minister, said the district superintendent of police, Harun Or Rashid, on Sunday.

“Heavy extortion was taking place on Narayanganj’s rivers. When we started our mission to put a stop to it, a minister called us on the phone, saying his men earned their living through this,” the SP said. “I asked him in return: ‘Why is your name being used to exploit people? Why should we let your men extort from others to earn their living?’ We won’t allow it, even if that goes against your wishes.”

The SP disclosed all this during a monthly meeting of the district law and order committee at the Narayanganj Deputy Commissioner’s Office on Sunday. Narayanganj Deputy Commissioner Rabbi Miah presided over the meeting.

“The situation had gotten out of hand... the extortionists have been running rampant. Hundreds of thousands of taka were exchanging hands every day. We spoke with the shipping minister about the grown menace. Finally, we were able to end extortion on the riverways,” the police official said.

He said Narayanganj district was riddled with a plethora of problems, the major ones being drug trade, extortion, traffic congestion, broken roadways, etc. “Because of this situation, we have to move forward very carefully,” he added.

The SP said the police were determined not to let anyone run a drugs or extortion business using political influence.

“We cannot let anyone peddle drugs and exploit common people, and get away using their political influence. We are not looking at who belongs to which party. No one will be spared if they are guilty,” he added.

The SP further said the district police had taken action against four OCs in the past three months after finding clear evidence of their involvement in corrupt activities.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner (Revenue), Jasim Uddin Haider, Additional SP (Admin) Monirul Islam, and several other administration and law enforcement officials of the district, among others.