Iqbal Mahmud

Dhaka Metropolitan Police found 13 members of the force, ranging from constable to inspector, involved in mugging, extortion and drugs trading in the past five months since February, but none of them were punished till date.
Officials concerned said that they received 17 specific allegations ­– 10 of mugging, three of extortion and four of drugs trading – against cops from February to June.
After investigations, the police found 13 members guilty.
Allegations against two cops were still under investigation and allegations against the rest two cops could be proved, the officials said.
None of the 13 cops, however, faced any punitive action yet.
The officials said that departmental cases were filed against seven cops and criminal cases were filed against four, said an official of DMP professional standard and internal investigation department.
The accused cops included an inspector, two sub-inspectors, a traffic sergeant, three assistant sub-inspectors, a Nayek and nine constables, showed DMP data.
Nine of the 10 allegations mugging and all the four allegations of drugs trading were proved in the force’s internal investigations, said the officials.
An official concerned said that the actual number cops involved in crimes would be higher as many victims usually did not dare to ledge complaints or failed to provide specific evidence.
DMP commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia recently warned all his officers in a letter that he had evidence that a section of police personnel were engaged in crimes like drugs trading, extortion and abduction for money.
Asaduzzaman told New Age on Wednesday that they would not allow some dishonest members to spoil the total force.
He said that he would put an end to illicit transaction of money among some members of the force which he termed the root of the problem.
Involvement of cops in heinous crime including extortion and drugs business came in focus after Rapid Action Battalion arrested assistant sub-inspector of the special branch of police Mahfuzur Rahman and seized about 6.80 lakh Yaba tablets worth around Tk 27 crore in his car in Feni on June 21. He reportedly confessed that some other policemen were also involved in the drugs racket.
Based on his confession, Cox’s Bazar Detective Branch officer-in-charge has been withdrawn and 10 policemen have been transferred to different districts on allegations of their involvement in Yaba smuggling and human trafficking.

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