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SWAT members of Bangladesh Police has received MKS18 corner gun from TG ELEKTRONİK.

The gun is developed with the aim of increasing the safety of the Armed Forces personnel against enemy weapons in operations which require the neutralization of firearms or targets, increases the usage capacity of the light firearm users and enables them to shoot under protection rather than being an open target.
The MKS18 is able to fire the gun with the second trigger mechanism of the system by changing the angle of the target and the policeman can use the weapon in counter-terrorism operations and similar operations, by keeping the user in the corner points (under protection) with the advantage of 60 degrees while the target and weapon are in the same direction.

While the firearm can be adjusted to 60 degrees to the right, 60 degrees to the left and to the zero position, it can be directed to the target with the electro-optical sight system. The backfire of the weapon is absorbed by the system and is designed and equipped in a way that the user cannot be harmed.

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SWAT members of Bangladesh Police has received MKS18 corner gun from TG ELEKTRONİK.

The gun is developed with the aim of increasing the safety of the Armed Forces personnel against enemy weapons in operations which require the neutralization of firearms or targets, increases the usage capacity of the light firearm users and enables them to shoot under protection rather than being an open target.
The MKS18 is able to fire the gun with the second trigger mechanism of the system by changing the angle of the target and the policeman can use the weapon in counter-terrorism operations and similar operations, by keeping the user in the corner points (under protection) with the advantage of 60 degrees while the target and weapon are in the same direction.

While the firearm can be adjusted to 60 degrees to the right, 60 degrees to the left and to the zero position, it can be directed to the target with the electro-optical sight system. The backfire of the weapon is absorbed by the system and is designed and equipped in a way that the user cannot be harmed.

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday inaugurated 40 newly constructed fire stations in different parts of the country.

She joined the opening ceremony held at the premises of the Fire Service and Civil Defense Department in the capital at 11 am from her official Ganabhaban residence via video conferencing.

According to the sources of fire service, a total of 456 fire stations had been operational in the country. With the addition of 40 new fire stations, the number now stands at 496.

Reportedly, the new stations have already been provided with manpower and firefighting equipment.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Director General of Fire Service Brigadier General Md Sajjad Hossain and other high-ranking officials of the government and the fire service department were present at the event.

 

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Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said the Armed Police Battalion (APBn) has been formed in three districts of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) for safety and security of people living there.

As per the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord, APBn was being deployed in areas where army had left the camps, he said.

He made the remarks while speaking as the chief guest at the ground-breaking ceremony of three Armed Police Battalions in three hill districts and DIG Armed Police Battalion’s Office (Hill Districts) at Rangamati Police Lines. The ceremony was presided over by Home Ministry Public Security Division Senior Secretary Md Akhter Hossain.

Inspector General of Police Benazir Ahmed gave the welcome speech.

The home minister said, “Our journey started here through APBn. We will not allow any extortion in Bangladesh. We will not allow any bloodshed. We have been able to give a safe Bangladesh to the people by suppressing militancy and terrorism; Why will there be bloodshed in these three districts?”

Home Minister said the people of the region are very peaceful. Identify the terrorists and inform police about the terrorists. Police will be by your side. Terrorists will be brought to book; they must be punished according to the law.” He said “The three districts will move forward in the same way as the country is moving forward. Prime Minister has paid full attention to these three districts.”

Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Minister Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing called upon all to come forward for maintaining peace and development in the three hill districts.

Home Ministry Public Security Division Senior Secretary Md Akhter Hossain said that APBn is being deployed in the 238 camps of the Bangladesh Army which have been withdrawn as per the peace accord. APBn will play an effective role in ensuring the safety and development of the people in the hilly areas.

Inspector General of Police Benazir Ahmed issued a stern warning to the terrorists and said, “You must stop all misdeeds. If you do not then the people of the area will arrange it. We are with the people. All the security forces of the country will help the people.”

Referring to the trial of political assassinations, the IGP said that many political assassinations have taken place in the area. But no one came forward to testify in the case. He said every witness would be provided security if required.

Home Minister laid the foundation stone of APBn’s DIG’s office, 18 APBn Rangamati, 19 APBn Bandarban and 20 APBn Khagrachhari headquarters, 18 APBn’s 18 Atharmile Camp, 19 APBn’s Rubber Garden Camp and 20 APBn’s Puraton Pankhimora Camp.

Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Minister Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing, Chairman of Task Force on Rehabilitation of India-returnee Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons Kujendra Lal Tripura, Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Food Dipankar Talukder, Reserved women’s seat-9 MP Basanti Chakma, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 24th Infantry Division Major General Md Saiful Abedin, Director General (DG) of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun, Chittagong Divisional Commissioner Md Ashraf Uddin, chief of Bomang Circle U Cha Prue Chowdhury, chief of Mong Circle Saching Prue Chowdhury and chief of Chakma Circle barrister Raja Devashis Roy were present as special guests.

Military and civilian officials including people's representatives, traders and headmen were present on the occasion.

Mentionable that as a result of the timely decision of the government in 1997, 238 camps of Bangladesh Army were withdrawn from the three hill districts in the light of the historic peace accord. Due to its remote hilly terrain, the area is being used as a drug route along with terrorist activities.

It is difficult for the Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachhari Hill district police alone to maintain law and order in the area.

In the context of the government’s decision, the formation of APBn in the three hill districts will make it easier to ensure law and order, control of terrorist activities and overall security of the people in the hill areas.

 

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Bangladesh Fire Service has deployed fire-fighting hi-tech robots for the first time to extinguish the massive Sitakunda fire.

A team of experts from Dhaka named "Hazmat" used the machines experimentally on Monday (6 June).

Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence force Director General (DG) Brig Gen Main Uddin said, "We use hi-tech robots for the first time on Sunday to control the Sitakunda fire. We have two robots and a special drone for surveillance. The automatic machine can spray up to 300 metres."

Fire service sources said, the government started planning to purchase "LUF60" firefighting robots in 2017. The plan of buying six LUF 60 was underway in 2019.

Due to the pandemic, the procurement process was delayed.

Currently, Bangladesh has two LUF 60 robots, which were added to the fire service six months ago, a fire service insider said wishing anonymity.

According to the website of the Austrian manufacturer, LUF 60 can spray water up to 300 metres and a "water beam" fog to clear the smoke, heat, and toxic gases and reduce the intensity of the fire. It can spray 2,400 litres of water per minute from the device.

On 4 June night, a massive explosion took place at BM Container Depot in Sitakunda. Over 43 people, including nine members of the fire service, were killed in the incident.

According to sources, at least three firefighters are still missing. Hundreds of people have been burnt and are being treated at various hospitals in Dhaka and Chattogram.

 

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Fire service to get four fire fighting and SAR helicopters with ambulance facility.

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed police to grow as the last resort of the people who seek protection for their lives and dignity.

"In our country, the police will also have to acquire public confidence so the people think the force as their last resort in protecting their lives and dignity. The people can get their shelter," she said.

She made the comments while joining a function of Bangladesh Police through a videoconference from the Gono Bhaban.

During the function, the premier opened five projects of Bangladesh Police, including two newly constructed police stations -- Padma Setu Uttar Thana and Padma Setu Dakkhin Thana -- on the two sides of the much-desired Padma Bridge.

Hasina also asked police to stay vigilant against different social diseases and crimes to maintain a peaceful environment in the country.

Noting that the police drive against militancy and terrorism has been a success, she said the drives should continue.

She said police were playing a significant role to check drug abuse, cybercrimes, money laundering, spreading rumours, human trafficking and other offences, which are very harmful to the people and the country.

Referring to recent communal incidents, the PM said police played an excellent role in thwarting a bid to destroy communal harmony, intercepted the perpetrators promptly and showed their excellent efficiency.

"We want peace in our country. If a peaceful situation prevails, we'll be able to make economic development," she said.

Talking about the global food crisis, she renewed her call not to leave a single inch of land uncultivated to attain food autarky in the country and prevent the brunt of the world economic meltdown.

She said the prices of essentials and the inflation rate are on the rise creating instability throughout the world. "So, we'll have to remain alert," she added.

Among projects inaugurated today are 12 newly constructed district-level police hospitals, six women barracks for Bangladesh Police, the online GD (general diary) activities to reach the services to the doorstep of the people, and the distribution of 120 houses constructed in the second phase for homeless families.

As part of the government's initiative to construct separate barracks for female police members in 64 districts, the six barracks have been constructed.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, Senior Secretary of Public Security Division Md Akhter Hossain and Inspector General of Police Benazir Ahmed spoke at the function from Rajarbagh Police Lines in the capital.

 

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Total two 68-metre-high turntable ladder trucks (TTL) have been added to the inventory of Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence in a bid to enhance its capability to tackle high-rise fire incidents.

The newly imported TTL trucks, which have ladders on top of them, can expand up to 68 metres or 22 floors of a building, with a large-capacity nozzle built into the top section, to fight fire hazards.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan inaugurated the TTL trucks at the headquarters of Fire Service and Civil Defence in Dhaka on Sunday.

"Till now we could only conduct fire rescue operations in buildings not taller than 14 floors. Now with the new emergency vehicles, we can climb up to 68 metres (22 floors)," the minister said, adding that three more of these vehicles will join the service soon.

Meanwhile, 13 fire service personnel who died in the fire incident at the private BM Container Depot in Chattogram's Sitakunda, were honoured with the title of "Agnibeer" (Fire Hero/ Fire Champion) during today's (16 October) event.

 

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The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested 10 people including militants and separatists raiding various areas in Bandarban and Rangamati districts.

RAB Legal and Media Wing's Senior Assistant Director (ASP) Imran Khan informed the media of the arrests Thursday (20 October).

Seven of the arrestees are members of a newly formed militant outfit "Jama'atul Ansar Fil Hindal Sharqiya" and three of a separatist organisation of the hill tracts regions.

A huge amount of arms and ammunition were seized from their possession, the RAB official added.

 

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Three specialised battalions of armed police will soon be deployed in Bandarban, Khagrachhari and Rangamati to ensure public safety and security.

In line with the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord, the government will deploy the forces in camps left by the army, said home ministry officials.

The home and public administration ministries have already approved the proposal of forming the three battalions, said Farooque Ahmed, additional deputy inspector general (organization and management) of Police Headquarters.

"The proposal now remains pending at the finance ministry. We are hoping to get their approval soon," he added.

The proposal was first sent to the home ministry on March 15, 2021. Following a series of meetings, a revised proposal was finalised on November 25, 2021.

On December 30, 2021, the proposal was forwarded to public administration ministry to allocate a manpower of 2,650 people to form the three battalions.

The public administration ministry, on July 27, 2022, approved a manpower of 2,260 people.

Meanwhile, on May 25, 2022, police received administrative approval from the home ministry to conduct operational activities of the battalions.

According to the proposal, the battalions would be named "Armed Police Mountain Battalion".

The three units will be APMB-18 in Rangamati, APMB-19 in Bandarban, and APMB-20 in Khagrachhari. The battalions will be formed under the leadership of a deputy inspector general of police.

According to CHT people, these police battalions are supposed to have a certain percentage of human resources from the hill tracts. However, the proposal did not mention any such clause.

The Daily Star obtains a copy of the proposal.

The DIG office, responsible for the battalions, will have 70 members while the battalions will have 730 members each, said a PHQ official.

"Each battalion will be led by a police officer of additional DIG rank," he added.

The human resources will be given specialised training before deployment in the hill areas, said a top official of the PHQ requesting anonymity.

Primarily, each battalion will set up 10 camps in the three districts, said sources.

The battalions will conduct patrols and prevent criminal activities while the cases will be filed and investigated by the district police units, they said.

Contacted, Naimul Huq, superintendent of Khagrachhari police, said there are places in the district where police vehicles cannot move.

"The newly formed battalions will set up camps in those remote areas and build roads. This way people will get access to police in every corner of the district," he added.

"Among other crimes, we are frequently receiving complaints about conflicts between the settlers and hill people. We firmly believe that we will be able to solve the issue once we ensure robust access to the remote corners of the region and improve relationship with the people," the SP explained.

 

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