It is proposed to keep the transfer list of 33 OCs in the Election Commission in Dhaka

It is proposed to keep the transfer list of 33 OCs in the Election Commission in Dhaka

Ahead of the 12th parliamentary elections, the list of OCs of 33 police stations of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has been prepared and sent to the Election Commission in view of the instructions of the Election Commission. However, sources said that it has been proposed that they should be kept in Dhaka.

DMP Additional Commissioner (Administration) AKM Hafiz Akhtar told Prothom Alo that among the 50 police stations in Dhaka city, the officers-in-charge (OC) of the police stations who have spent more than 6 months at their current post have been kept in this transfer list. The transfer order of OCs will be issued tomorrow, Wednesday or Thursday, after getting approval from the Election Commission.

In order to make the 12th National Assembly elections fair, the Election Commission ordered the transfer of OCs who have been working in their current workplace for more than six months first and then gradually across the country. The Cabinet Secretary and the IGP were directed to send a letter to the EC by December 5 proposing the transfer of the OCs.

According to DMP sources, in the proposal to send the list of transfers from the DMP headquarters to the Election Commission, it has been said to keep 33 OCs in the constituencies near their current place of work, i.e. in the capital city of Dhaka.

Out of 50 police stations of DMP, OCs of at least 21 police stations have been serving in DMP for more than two years. 13 OCs are staying in different police stations of DMP for 5 to 10 years. Officials of the DMP headquarters said that there is a rule for the transfer of police station OCs within one and a half to two years.

Some senior police officers told Prothom Alo that the ‘main qualification’ of becoming an OC in Dhaka is personal contact with political and influential senior officials. Naturally, the OCs appointed in this way do not want to obey the orders of many. Even if there are complaints of irregularities and corruption against them, action cannot be taken easily. Day after day they are spending in DMP.

Former Inspector General of Police Noor Mohammad has commented on the order of transfer of OCs as a good step. As an explanation, he told Prothom Alo that because of the long stay of an OC in the same area, a relationship with the local politician developed. Due to this, if there is an election or any other issue, the politician concerned can get the sympathy of the OC.

Last Sunday, DMP Commissioner Habibur Rahman told Prothom Alo that he would not be able to understand anything if an OC from outside Dhaka was suddenly brought to DMP and given responsibility. OCs are being rotated to DMP to gain experience. [ Read Bangla: prothomalo ]

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