DMP promises action against officers who assaulted journalists
Arifur Rahman Rabbi

Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said the DMP would take action against its members found involved in the attack on two ATN News journalists after having reviewed the investigation report.

At an event held on Wednesday at Shahbagh to mark DMP’s 42nd founding anniversary, he said: “Regarding the attack, as a commissioner I am saddened and have expressed my condolences. This is not acceptable.”

The DMP commissioner said: “Police officers work for 16 hours instead of eight, and hence, their natural behaviour changes. Not only we, but also the state and society should bear these things in mind. But I must iterate that professional behaviour is crucial, and harassment of the public is unacceptable.”

The DMP punished 400 policemen for various offences last year. But the media were not informed to ensure that discipline and chain of command are maintained, he said.

“We believe counseling and changes in attitudes are necessary to overcome such a situation, and for this, we need all quarters to act responsibly,” he added.

The commissioner also said 34,000 DMP officers are working to control crime and traffic in the capital and have been successful in preventing militant activities and various crimes.

He added: “The biggest problem they face is traffic jam. The number of vehicles and people in the city has increased. A city ideally requires a 25% road system, but ours is at 7%.”

Investigators looking into the January 26 assault filed their report on Tuesday.

ATN News cameraperson Abdul Alim and reporter Kazi Ihsan bin Didar were attacked while recording footage of some policemen beating up an anti-Rampal activist in front of Shahbagh police station.

After a primary investigation, the authorities suspended ASI Ershad Mondol and identified 14-15 others involved in the unprovoked attack. On the same day, police assaulted a Dhaka Tribune journalist at Mirpur when he approached them to confirm reports of a traffic sergeant ordering a bus to charge at anti-Rampal protesters.

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