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Government to go tough on militancy

Published : Saturday, 12 January, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 780

Law enforcing agencies are going to get tough on militancy as per the pledge made by the ruling Awami League in its election manifesto.
The new administration has already ordered police department to clamp down on militants across the country.  
Awami League before election pledged in its election manifesto that it would adopt a zero-tolerance policy against militancy, drugs and corruption.  
The police headquarters directed all concerned to hunt down operatives of militant outfits and deal them with an iron fist to maintain law and order.
Police and the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) will carry out raids separately. Besides, members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) will join the drives in the bordering areas, sources in the police headquarters said.
The police headquarters categorically ordered the officers-in-charge of police stations to take responsibilities for any sort of violence or militant attacks in their respective areas.
The suspected militants have attacked and killed university professors, writers, publishers, secular bloggers, gay rights activists, foreigners, policemen and members of religious minorities, including Shia and Sufi Muslims, Christians and Hindus over the last three years.
A massive crackdown on militant networks was launched following the deadly terror attack on Holey Artisan Bakery in the capital's Gulshan on July 1, 2016.
In at least 30 anti-terror drives since then against militants either died in police shooting or blew themselves up by detonating suicide vests. Besides, 200 suspected militants were arrested.
The specialized unit Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) of DMP will be deployed soon for strong surveillances.
Intelligences source told The Daily Observer that there is no fear of resurgence in militancy in the days to come.
They suggested that drive against militancy should be continued and the government should formulate short, medium and long-term strategies to combat terrorism collectively and comprehensively.
A police investigation found 22 people were involved in the attack on Holey Artisan. Eight are on trial, including six who are behind bars and two others who are fugitives.
Five suspects were killed during the attack and the remainder died in a series of crackdowns across Bangladesh.
A special tribunal began the trials of eight suspected Islamic militants last year.
Twenty hostages, including 17 from Japan, Italy and India, were killed when five militants attacked the Holey Artisan Bakery on July 1, 2016.
The militants were killed by commandoes inside the cafe during a 12-hour standoff. Two security officials died later in a hospital.

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