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We have mafia system where crisis of law and order must persist

12 September 2021
We have mafia system where crisis of law and order must persist

The law and order situation has been deteriorating alarmingly across the country with sharp rise of killing, rape and other organised crimes apparently because police are unable to stop crimes for political reason. Finding themselves helpless against criminals the police also are tempted to join them.
Most of the districts, upazials and even villages are informally ruled by young party militants affiliated with the government. Though government high-ups often claim that law and order situation in the capital and other districts is under "effective control", in reality the scenario is otherwise. Those who have government protection they are to indulge in crimes. Crime is their legitimate source of income. Others are doing corruption and the young party militants are busy carrying out crimes in their respective areas.

There were dozens of incidents of intra-party clashes among the ruling party factions in last few months where many were injured and couple of them died. In particular, the situation in Companiganj upazila under Noakhali district is out of control where rival militant groups of ruling Awami League have unleashed a reign of terror in the name of party activities.  

The ruling party militants are out of control. The police are waiting for crimes to be committed so that they can file cases freely to be gained. If one innocent faces a police case against him that means there would be no bail. He can face police remand and the imprisonment too. This is the price of justice.

So more cases mean more gain. There is politics. At the indication of the government police can start a case, make anyone  locked up in jail without bail. We are told there is hardly any opposition leader where 15 to 100 criminal cases are not filed against him. The courts are jammed with politically motivated cases as the police are politicised and lack independence. A big business has grown around bail matters. The common knowledge is -- in lower courts bail matters are first decided by the party.

 The killers, drug smugglers, extortionists and even rapists can move openly without any fear of being caught. The highways have become safe zones for inter-district robber gangs. Often they loot cash and valuables from the passengers intercepting buses and other vehicles blocking roads by placing trees. Even, the covered vans laden with export goods are also not safe from their hands. Recently, they killed the driver of Hanif Paribahan while looting passengers' belongings.     

A local newspaper on Saturday reported that law and order situation at Savar and Ashulia thana areas -- in the outskirts of capital -- has so much deteriorated that where robbery, dacoity, theft, extortion, drug peddling, tender business, killing and atrocities of juvenile gang have become a regular phenomenon. Most of the party criminal gangs have got firearms. Many local people are moving out of the locality for safety.
On Thursday, the Rapid Action Battalion arrested Ehsan Group Pirojpur-Bangladesh chairman Ragib Ahsan along with his brothers on charges of embezzling Tk 17000 crore. It is alleged that Ahsan defrauded people in the name of running a business under the Shariah law. RAB and police become active after the crimes are committed. Our criminal intelligence agencies are idling.

Without independence and strong judiciary assisted by honest and free police, it is foolishness to expect law to improve situation. They are to break down in larger violence. First we must see law to be honestly enforced before we seek protection of law. The law is the wish of the government.

Our timidity is our servitude to the mafia system we are living with.

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