ATU chief claims crossfire justified for justice

Staff Correspondent | Published: 02:35, Feb 18,2020


Anti-Terrorism Unit chief of police, additional inspector general Abul Kashem, said on Monday that if the law enforcement agencies used their force legally, killing people for the right to self-defence, it would be considered justice.

‘Encounter or crossfire, whatever may be the cause of death, it is immaterial. What is important is whether the force is legally used or not. When illegally used, it is wrong and a crime. If it is used legally, that is justice,’ the ATU chief told a day-long programme at the Independent University Bangladesh in the capital’s Bashundhara.

The ATU in association with Community Development for Peace and the IUB organised the programme at the part of their community engagement against counter violent extremism.

Kashem also said that for every citizen the right to self-defence is the fundamental right as prescribed by the universal human rights declaration and every members of every law enforcement agency.

‘If needed they can use the force,’ he said in reply to a question by a student on how really crossfire take place.

The ATU chief said that during the use of force, the law enforcement agencies must comply with the provision stipulated in the laws and apply that to an extent that lead to killing of people.

Kanbar Hossein-Bor, the deputy British high commissioner, said that extremism was now a global challenge and the United Kingdom was also facing this.

He gave an inspirational speech on how in his life he countered all the barriers and achieved the goals.

Penny Morton, acting Australian high commissioner, said that embracing diversities of culture was the key to fighting terrorism.

‘Don’t leave anyone behind,’ said Penny, suggesting that the inclusiveness would also allow woman to be empowered.

Md Moniruzzaman, an additional deputy inspector general at ATU, placed some of his key suggestions to counter violent extremism through community engagement. He emphasised the role of Bangladesh police in creating a positive orientation for the youths.

Moniruzzaman, in response to a question, claimed that they maintained a high standard and approaches all issues relating to extremism with sensitivity before framing anyone so that no innocent would be targeted.

Milan Pagon, acting vice chancellor at the Independent University, Bangladesh, Didar Ahamed, deputy inspector general at the ATU, Md Haider Ali Khan, additional deputy inspector general for intelligence and international affairs at the police headquarters, Abdul Khaleque, the dean at the school of environmental science and management at IUB, A Matin Chowdhury, the chairman of board of trustee at the IUB, among others, spoke in the day-long programme.    

Attending the programme, one of the students Meshrek Hossain said, ‘This type of programme is so important in the current context, especially when I can learn whether I am targeted for being radicalised.’

The CDP’s programme officer Syeda Tasneem Hossain said they were organising such community engagement programme so that extremism could be prevented socially not only by sending people behind the bars.  

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