The police’s recent anti-militancy drives have so far proven to be an effective and impressive initiative against the spread of extremism in the country.
Starting with Operation Storm 26, which resulted in the uncovering of a major terrorist den in Kallyanpur, our law enforcement agencies have done well to ensure that militants aren’t given any leeway to grow.
Additionally, BGB’s bust of a meeting between a former commander of the Rohingya Solidarity Organisation, a Myanmar sectarian outfit with connections to Jamaatul Mujahideen, and a Saudi national is further indicative of law enforcement’s steps in the right direction.
Moreover, investigation and raids, in which seven individuals were arrested, have revealed how Hizb ut-Tahrir has been active in Chittagong, seeking to establish itself and recruit members in the area.
This is the kind of positive result-bearing action that want to see. This is what all those who were affected by the Gulshan attack want to see.
But we cannot stop here. Our law enforcement agencies need to dig deeper to get to the crux of the issues at hand, so that we may get answers to the questions which are on all our minds.
It is crucial that political affiliations and agendas don’t get in the way of these investigations.
With revelations that terrorism knows no class or gender, it is of the utmost importance that every single avenue is explored and exhausted, so that we may never again have to relive an attack as terrible as the one that was carried out in Holey Artisan in the beginning of the month.
A combined effort from law enforcement agencies, with the help of common citizens, is required so that the evil of terrorism is rooted out from amongst us.