Don’t write anything that may hurt religious sentiment: IGP

09 Aug,2015

Dhaka, BdChronicle:

Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hoque on Sunday urged bloggers to refrain from writing anything that may hurt the sentiment of any religious community.

He also urged the country’s people to take recourse to law instead of taking it into their own hands.

“We urge all to express their opinions with their good judgement and prudence. Please don’t cross the limit in the name of freedom of expression,” he said briefing reporters at the Police Headquarters.

The police headquarters arranged the press briefing to inform people about law enforcers’ steps following the recent killings of three children and blogger Niladri Chattopadhyay Niloy.

Blogger Niloy, who was residing at a rented flat on the 4th floor of a multi-storey building at Goran in the city, was hacked to death in the city's Khilgaon area on Friday. Niloy is the fourth Bangladeshi blogger hacked to death so far this year.

Shahidul said the killing of Niloy is not expected in any way. “The killers must be tracked down.”

He said police will surely take legal action if any case was filed against any body for hurting any community’s sentiment.

Mentioning that as per the country’s existing laws if one gets accused of hurting anybody’s religious sentiment can be sentenced to maximum 14 years of jail, the police boss urged people to file case

with the police if they are hurt by any body’s statements. “Police will take necessary action after investigation if any one files such a case.”

The IGP also urged bloggers to contact with police if they suffer from the sense of insecurity for their any write up.

About child killing, he said they have taken all steps so that the killers of three children in Sylhet, Barguna and Khulna get capital punishment.

Stating that the nature and motive of the three killing incidents are quite different, Shahidul said such incidents are happening due to people’s psychological disorder and moral degradation.

He said chargesheets in the three cases will be submitted very soon.

The IGP claimed that the militant activities in the country are now totally under the control of the government due to the effective steps taken by the law enforcers.

He said 632 cases have so per been filed in connection with militant activities since 2004 and 2,543 people were arrested in this regard. Of the cases, the law enforcers submitted chargesheets in 516 cases after proper investigation. “The cases are now under trial in courts.”

The police chief said, “It’s not true that we don’t have any success in containing militancy. We’ve at least 80 percent success in this regard.”


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