RAB has no scope of human rights violation: RAB chief
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), which ensures peace and discipline, maintaining law and constitution, has no scope of 'violating human rights,' said RAB's director general Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun.
He made the remark responding to questions of journalists regarding the US government's sanctions on seven senior officials of RAB including its director general for human rights violation following a function at Patharghata in Barguna district on Sunday.
After attending the meeting, Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun said the RAB activities are investigated by judicial magistrates and police, instead of RAB itself. If any case is filed, the court gives decision after investigation. Besides, media and civil society scrutinizes the RAB activities properly. So, there is no scope of violating human rights.
The RAB DG said the way the Sundarbans was freed from pirates, the Bay of Bengal would also be freed from pirates in the same way.
"Those who are still involved in piracy, the RAB will rehabilitate them if they surrender. But, the RAB won't spare them if the piracy doesn't end. The RAB would do whatever necessary to suppress the pirates," he said.
With RAB Force's additional director general (Operations) Col KM Azad in the chair, the opinion-sharing meeting was also attended by Barishal Division's divisional commissioner Saiful Hasan Badal, Barishal Range's DIG SM Aktaruzzaman, RAB's Intelligence Branch's director Mashiur Rahman, Barguna deputy commissioner Habibur Rahman and police super Muhammad Jahangir Hossain Mallick, among others.
RAB's Intelligence Branch's director Mashiur Rahman said some 326 pirates have been rehabilitated so far after their surrender. Three pirates have been killed in RAB's drives after the pirates have become active recently. Others are also under the vigilance of RAB.
Later, RAB handover Tk 1 lakh to Tajinur Begum, wife of slain fisherman Musa who was 'killed in firing of the pirates' and Tk 10,000 to each of seven fishermen who were the victims of abduction.