Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Monday said that the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) showed unprecedented success in curbing crimes in a humane manner. He made the remarks while addressing RAB’s 18th founding anniversary function as the special guest at Colonel Azad Memorial Hall of its headquarters in the capital’s Uttara. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addressed the event as the chief guest virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence.
“The RAB has played a significant role in curbing militancy, extremism and piracy, recovering illegal weapons and conducting anti-drug operations across the country,” Kamal said. The RAB’s de-radicalization and rehabilitation programme “On the Way to a New Horizon” is a very innovative and groundbreaking initiative. Through this initiative, criminals are being brought back to the mainstream of the society through psychological change, he added.
“There were 421 terrorists (robbers and militants) added in the rehabilitation process. Through these works, the RAB has shown unprecedented success in suppressing crime humanly,” the minister said.
Appreciating various activities of RAB, Kamal said that maintaining law and order is a very important issue which is a precondition for development. The country’s only elite force, the RAB, has already become a force of public confidence in ensuring public safety, the home minister said.
Stating that Bangladesh is a role model in the world in suppressing militancy, the minister said that the elite anti-crime force has brought confidence to people by conducting operations against top militants in the past and present.
The RAB has been working to establish law and order in the country following the Prime Minister’s Zero Tolerance Policy and Strategy against crimes, Kamal added. In 2016, the RAB has proved its professionalism and efficiency in every militant suppression operation including Holey Artisan cafe, Sholakia, Atia Mahal of Sylhet, Ashulia of Dhaka, Mirpur, Tejgaon, Charanchal of Chapainawabganj and Jhenaidah. Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Benazir Ahmed and RAB Director General (DG) and Additional Inspector General of Police Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun also spoke on the occasion.