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Special drive again if deemed necessary: Home Minister
Claiming the weeklong countrywide combing operation as a successful one, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Saturday said they may launch another such drive if necessary.
He also said Madraipur college teacher’s attacker Golam Faizullah alias Fahim, who was in police remand, was killed by his cohorts during a drive by law enforcers.
“Special drive is a continuous process of law enforcers. We conduct it whenever it is necessary. So, it can’t be said the drive is on or off. We’ll again carry out the drive if it’s necessary,” he said.
The minister came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after attending an iftar party arranged by Bangladesh Ain Samity on the premises of Dhaka University’s Kazi Motahar Hossain Building.
“Of course, the operation was successful. There’re court warrants for the arrest of many people, but we couldn’t execute those for election (UP polls). In the special drive, we could arrest many such criminals and the suspected ones,” he told reporters replying to a question.
Asaduzzaman also hoped that people will be able to smoothly do their Eid shopping and celebrate the festival following the arrest of criminals in the weeklong special drive.
Amid a string of secret killings, the police department launched a crackdown on militants on June 10 and arrested nearly 12,000 people, including 194 suspected extremists, in the weeklong drive.
Turning down the BNP’s allegation that its innocent leaders and activists were arrested in the drive, the minister said they have arrested the accused against whom the court issued warrants.
About the killing of Fahim in a gunfight, he said his associates killed him so that he could not disclose their names.
Earlier in the day, Fahim, who was on a 10-day remand in connection with the attempt on the life of college teacher Ripon Chakrawarty, was killed in a reported gunfight between his associates and police at Miarchar in Madaripur Sadar upazila.
Ripon Chakrawarty, a mathematics lecturer of Madaripur Government Naziumuddin College, was chopped by Fahim and some other criminals at his residence in the district town on Wednesday afternoon. Locals caught Fahim while fleeing after the attack and handed him over to police.