FBCCI favours ‘coop cell’ comprising police and businessmen

Leaders of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) on Friday favoured formation of a ‘cooperation cell’ comprising police personnel and businessmen for ensuring hassle-free business activities in the country.

The FBCCI leaders expressed the views at a meeting with the police high officials at the FBCCI conference of room here.

The businessmen lauded role of the police saying that no untoward incident like unrest, looting and robbery occurred in the garment sector last month following watch by members of the law enforcing agencies.

The FBCCI, the country’s apex trade body, organized the meeting, which was addressed, among others, by the newly appointed Inspector General of Police (IGP) Hasan Mahmud Khandaker and Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner AKM Shahidul Haque.

FBCCI president AK Azad chaired the meeting. Vice presidents, directors, top business leaders and leaders of Dhaka City shop owners associations raised their problems before the new police chief.

Nazimul Islam Dipu, director of FBCCI, called upon the police to refrain from requisitioning cars of businessmen. Another director Harun-or-Rashid stressed the need for evicting old vehicles from roads to reduce the nagging traffic jam.

He came down heavily on the telephone threats to the businessmen by the terrorists.

Dr Abdullahhel Bari, president of Association of Export Oriented shipbuilding Industries of Bangladesh (AEOSIB), said police personnel hardly patrol shipyards as those are located on the bank of the rivers. He put high emphasis on continuous patrolling at the shipyards by the police to check stealing in the yards.

Mahbub Uddin, a former police officer also known as SP Mahbub, said crime would come down drastically if police wish to check it.

IGP Hasan Mahmud gave them a patient hearing and said common people should not think police personnel as uncommon to narrow the gap of trust between the police and the people.

The gap could be reduced to a large extent by meeting expectations and demands of the people, he said and sought cooperation from all to check crimes in the country.

The government is planningt to revise laws and regulations of the Bangladesh Police force to bring dynamism in activities of the anti- crime force, said Hasan Mahmud, who successfully performed as director general of elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (RAB).

The IGP assured the businessmen of sitting with them once in every three months to review the law and order situation and take actions accordingly. “We want to build up confidence in the business circle in the greater interest of the country’s economy and the police force is ready to do naything to that end,” said Shahidul Haque commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).

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