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Chittagong police decide boats are the way to go

  • Published at 10:21 pm July 26th, 2017
Chittagong police decide boats are the way to go
The office of the superintendent of Chittagong district police have followed the tax office’s lead and procured a boat to ferry staff in the waterlogged city. The escalating conditions in the port city forced the Chittagong district police to adopt desperate measures. Members of the police expressed their anger with the condition, calling the journey to the office “their own personal odyssey” because it only takes a few hours of rain to submerge the roads near the police line to knee-high to waist-deep water. The inundation affects providing service to citizens, training new recruits, storage, maintenance, daily operations etc. The district police SP’s office is not the only one at risk, the Victim Support Centre on the ground floor of the building is at far greater risk. Its documents and computers on the ground floor are also at risk. Police officers have also revealed that they have also relocated their food rations and arsenal to prevent the water from getting to them. More than anything else, it prevented the police from getting in and out of the office. Hence, it was compelled to procure a boat from Sitakunda police station on Tuesday.
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Rezaul Masud, additional superintendent of police (headquarters) told the Dhaka Tribune that wading through knee-high to waist-deep waters to get to work was nothing less than miserable. “The rooms of the senior officers are not on the ground floor. But they are not spared as they have to make their way through the filthy water. The waterlogging problem has taken a heavy toll on the armoury, office and ration store of the police line,” added the ASP. Apart from the temporary Chittagong SP office, the Halishahar Police Line also houses the district police traffic unit, Detective Branch, District Special Branch and Commandant Office of the Range Reserve Force. The SP office was shifted to Halishahar Police Line from the city’s Sholoshahar area in March. The office had to be shifted as the old one was demolished for reconstruction. Earlier on Monday, the Chittagong Taxes Zone-4 office in Agrabad procured a boat to transport its employees in a desperate attempt to seek a way out of the perennial waterlogging problem.