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Culprits will be booked: Home Minister

Published : Thursday, 19 September, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 770

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Wednesday said all culprits involved in making passports and national identity (NID) cards for the Rohingyas will be taken to account.
"Only police personnel are not involved with giving passports.

Some other people including chairmen or councillors are also involved in the process as they need birth registration certificates, NIDs and chairmen certificates to the issuance of a passport. Those persons will also be taken to account for      their alleged involvement with the misdeeds," he said while replying to a query about the government's actions against the culprits issuing passports to the Rohingyas.

Earlier, the Minister held a meeting with the law enforcement agencies and officials connected with security issues on the occasion of Durga Puja.

Emerging from the meeting held at his ministry conference room, the Home Minister said that the security will be beefed up in all 31,000 Puja Mandaps across the country. Police, RAB and other law enforcers will be deployed at each Puja Mandap for peaceful celebration of the festival.

He said that the law enforcers including intelligence agencies will remain alert to thwart the trouble-makers during the Puja celebrations. The close circuit television cameras (CCTVs), archways and metal detectors will be installed at all Puja Mandaps.

Women volunteer groups, fire service, river police and local volunteers will also be deployed at the Puja Mandaps and stern action will be taken against eve teasers, Kamal said.
As part of the security measures, police control room will be set up at upazila sadar and district headquarters to ensure foolproof security, he said.

Among others, DMP Commissioner Mohammad Shafiqul Islam and other concerned officials were present at the meeting.
Beginning on October 5, the five-day celebration will end on October 9 with immersion of Goddess Durga in the capital and also elsewhere across the country.

Regarding the Rohingya issue, biometric registration of more than eight lakh Rohingyas were done after they entered the country. Later, three lakh more Rohingyas entered. However, they were not registered biometrically. But, they were identified.

"As a result, they are being identified while trying to get a passport. But, some of the Rohingyas are still trying to get a passport using different techniques including managing the officials. All of them are being identified. Necessary actions will be taken against them," he added.

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