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Cabinet Secretary: Field admin, public representatives asked to communicate regularly

  • Published at 10:37 am August 23rd, 2021
Barisal City Corporation Mayor Serniabat Sadiq Abdullah poses for a photo with the officials of the city administration, law enforcement officials and others after a meeting on Monday, August 23, 2021 Collected

He said misunderstanding and untoward incidents occur for lack of interaction

All parties -- the field administration, law enforcement agencies and public representatives -- have been asked to communicate regularly to avoid misunderstanding and untoward incidents as recently seen in Barisal, said Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam on Monday.

The directive was issued  from the LGRD Ministry and the Cabinet Division, he said while briefing reporters after the weekly cabinet meeting at the Secretariat.

The cabinet secretary said the leaders of Bangladesh Administrative Service Association (BASA) admitted that they made a mistake by using inappropriate words in their statement over Barisal incident.

He said they sat in a meeting on Sunday where the secretaries and officials differed with the BASA statement saying that such words should not have been used in it.

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“Those who were from the Administrative Service Association also agreed with it [the opinion] and said it was actually a mistake,” he said replying to a question.

In response to a separate question, the cabinet secretary said such embarrassing incidents mostly happen due to miscommunication. 

“This is why, an instruction has been given to all at the field level, including administration, law enforcement agencies and public representatives, to interact among themselves regularly,” he said.

He said misunderstanding and untoward incidents occur for lack of interaction.

Noting that they do not know what exactly was behind the Barisal incident, he said all parties – mayor, commissioner and law enforcement agency -- were asked to sit in a parley first to solve the problem by finding out as to why such an embarrassing situation occurred. 

Previously on August 18, Ansar members of Barisal Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Munibur Rahman’s security detail had assaulted Barisal City Corporation Administrative Officer Swapan Kumar Das and cleaners when the workers had tried to remove banners and festoons from Upazila Parishad compound.

At one point, the UNO and members of the Ansar shot at Mayor Sadiq Abdullah with the intention to kill him when the mayor had gone to the spot with officials of the city corporation. 

City corporation workers suffered gunshot wounds as they created a human shield to protect the mayor.

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