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Countrywide police campaign underway against rumours, lynchings

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Feni police making announcements on loudspeakers during an awareness campaign in response to recent lynchings of several people suspected to be child kidnappers on Thursday, July 25, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Police said those involved in the recent lynchings are being brought to the book

Police have initiated a countrywide awareness campaign in response to recent lynchings of several people suspected to be kidnappers.

At least 8 people were lynched as mobs descended upon them believing in rumours of child abduction that have become viral recently.

The police are trying to quell the rumours that abductors are prowling the streets looking for children whose skulls are needed to build the Padma Bridge.

Dhaka's police stations issue stern warnings about spreading such rumours. They also warned people to abide by the rule of law to prevent further lynchings. 

Police said those involved in the recent lynchings are being brought to the book.


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Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (DC, media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said police patrolling in DMP areas have also been strengthen to prevent further mob lynching. 

Additional Inspector General (AIG, media) of Police Sohel Rana said: "Bangladesh police has launched an exclusive awareness week all over the country in this regard from Thursday.

"Our officials are talking to the educational institutions' teacher, students and guardians, as well as stakeholders, to build awareness and prevent the spreading of the rumours."

We are also distributing leaflets all over the country in this regard, the AIG added.

In Feni, police made announcements on loudspeakers and distributed leaflets in different areas. 

While campaigning at schools, police urged students and guardians not to heed such rumours of child abduction.


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Feni district police held rallies at Feni Government College and Feni Government Pilot High School. 

During the campaign, Superintendent of Police (SP) Khandaker Nurunnabi urged people not to participate in lynching suspected abductors. "Call 999 and inform us about suspected kidnapper. Do not take the law in your own hands."

Police brought out a rally during an awareness campaign in Jessore on July 25, 2019 |Dhaka Tribune

Feni Deputy Commissioner (DC), high officials of police administration and teachers also took part in the awareness campaign.  

Similar police activities were seen in Jessore. Police brought out a rally from Doratana Bhairab Shaheed Chattar around 10:30am on Thursday. 

Policemen made announcements on loudspeakers and distributed leaflets urging people to refrain from spreading the rumours and not take part in lynchings. 

Earlier on Wednesday, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Md Javed Patwary said rumours that are being spread regarding Padma Bridge are linked to anti-government political parties. 

So far, 103 people have been arrested under 31 cases filed centering the incidents.

He also said already 60 facebook accounts, 25 youtube links and 10 web portals used to spread rumours on Padma Bridge have been shut down.