Inactive Bangladesh ‘militants’ trying to get reorganised: Minister

Inactive Bangladesh ‘militants’ trying to get reorganised: Minister

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Dhaka – Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Saturday said inactive members of different militant groups are trying to be reorganised to carry out subversive acts, aiming to thwart the trial of war criminals, unb news agency reported.
“They (militants) are trying to be reorganised, but the government has been able to note their activities,” he said addressing the opening session of a weeklong joint workshop on Terrorist Threat and Response at Rajarbagh Telecom Auditorium in the city.Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Training Academy and International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR) of Singapore jointly organised the workshop for members of DMP’s newly formed Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit.
“We’ve formed the specialised strong CTTC unit so that the militants cannot raise their heads again in future,” Asaduzzaman added.
The Home Minister said homegrown militants had carried out subversive activities in the country in the past but it could not spread due to the zero tolerance policy of the government against militancy.
“Our government has taken the toughest steps against militancy. As part of its efforts, the government enacted the Anti-Terrorist Act after it assumed power in 2009,” he said.
Asaduzzaman said militancy was patronised by various quarters in the past. “Journalists, political leaders and activists and cultural personalities were killed with their patronage,” he said.
He alleged that militants were helped to flee the country instead of proper investigation of the incidents. “But, the present government has been able to bring the perpetrators to justice identifying them through proper investigation.”
Chaired by DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia, the inaugural session of the workshop was addressed, among others by director general of Rapid Action Battalion Benazir Ahmed, head of the ICPVTR, Singapore, Prof Rohan Ganaratna and head of CTTC unit Additional Commissioner Monirul Islam.

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