Police would rather have complaints against their members investigated internally than letting the Home Ministry carry out departmental enquiries.
The demand was placed yesterday before the prime minister and the senior secretary to the Home Ministry during a closed-door meeting held at the Rajarbagh Police Lines in Dhaka yesterday on the occasion of the ongoing Police Week 2016.
Police officials belonging to the level of superintendent and above attended the meeting.
Biplob Kumar Saker, deputy commissioner in-charge of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP)’s Tejgaon division, said the exiting procedure of carrying out such enquiries was a clear violation of the cadre services rule.
“When there is a complaint against any police members working at the district level, the probe committee is headed by an official from the deputy commissioner’s office. When this happens in the capital city, the probe committee is headed by someone from the Home Ministry. This is a clear violation of the cadre service rule,” Biplob was quoted as saying by a source during the meeting.
He also reportedly said: “Officials from all levels of the 29 cadre services face complaints. But the police force is the only exception. As police is the biggest law enforcement agency in the country, it has the ability to conduct probes against its members.”
The other high officials present at the meeting spoke in support of Biplob’s stance, sources said.
Harun Or Rashid, chief of Gazipur district police, reportedly proposed forming a separate division in the government even if a separate ministry was not possible.
“The force can be run under the Ministry of Home Affairs, but a secretary level official may be appointed to look after the force’s issues,” Harun was quoted as saying.
In reply, Mozammel Haque, senior secretary to the Home Ministry, reportedly suggested that the police members should be more careful in dealing with civilians.
Later in the presence of reporters, who were not allowed in the main meeting, Mokhelsur Rahman, an additional inspector general of police, said media only covered crimes but they never cover the actions taken against criminals.
Mokhlesur also said that it was the home secretary’s duty as the guardian of the force to make sure that all members did not get blamed for the misdeeds of a few.
Referring to a set of demands placed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hoque, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said in front of reporters that his ministry would be considering those demands.