The deteriorating law and order situation in the country not only had the general public panicking, it also gave law enforcers the shivers after the murder of a constable yesterday.
On-duty police officials at many check posts across the country said no one was safe from ambush attacks in the country.
The fear gripped the police force first after miscreants killed Ibrahim Miah, assistant sub-inspector of Darus Salam police station, in the capital’s Gabtoli area on October 22.
Soon after the incident, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) set up a number of check posts in the city and beefed up security but to no avail as an Industrial Police constable was killed yesterday.
The constable was killed at the check post of Baraipara in Ashulia, the outskirts of Dhaka.
The ambush attack also injured four others sending a chill of fear among the policemen deployed at the 250 check posts in the city.
During a sudden visit to different check posts in the city this correspondent found policemen rarely searching vehicles.
Some of them admitted to this reporter that they were worried about their lives after the murders of two policemen in two ambush attacks.
“Who knows when my turn comes?” said a constable at a check post in Mohammadpur area.
Another constable expressed frustration that it is not possible for a policeman to remain alert all the time.
The DMP has provided bulletproof vests to its members, but a constable deployed at Adabar said they could not wear the vests for a long time due to the hot weather.
DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia recently said if any police official is found insincere in their duties, action will be taken against them.
However, a number of officers-in-charge of police stations said they lacked manpower and therefore could not put more pressure on the existing officials.
“We did not get additional manpower to set up the check posts to combat crimes. Police deployed at these check posts have to be sent from our regular force, so we cannot ensure a full-proof security,” an OC yesterday told the Dhaka Tribune, requesting not to be named.
Another OC under Mirpur division said a policeman may become tired but they cannot relax. “If you want a full-proof security, you will have to employ manpower,” he said, adding that the support from the team is much more than expected.