Controversy Surrounds Media Reports on Police Officials

Controversy Surrounds Media Reports on Police Officials

Controversy Surrounds Media Reports on Police Officials

The Police Service Association (BPSA) has raised objections to recent media reports in Bangladesh, labeling them as "objective and exaggerated." The reports in question pertain to allegations of illegal wealth and corruption involving former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Benazir Ahmed and former Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia. The BPSA's statement, released on Friday, seeks to defend the integrity of the police force against what it describes as defamatory and unfounded accusations.

Media Reports and Reactions
Allegations of Corruption

The controversy began when a newspaper published an article on the alleged illegal wealth and corruption of former IGP Benazir Ahmed. This was followed by additional reports in various media outlets about the "huge wealth" of former Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia. These reports have stirred significant public interest and concern, prompting a response from the BPSA.

BPSA's Statement

In a statement titled "Regarding Exaggerated News Published or Circulated in the Media about Former and Present Members of Bangladesh Police," the BPSA strongly protested against the media reports. The statement, signed by BPSA President Md. Monirul Islam and General Secretary Golam Mostafa Russell, accused the media of engaging in "partial, deliberate and sloppily circulated/published exaggerated reports."

The BPSA claimed that these reports were intended to undermine the police force's efforts to counter subversion of democracy and anti-nationalism. It also suggested that "cyber terrorists on the run abroad" were involved in defaming police officials by publishing false information on social media, with some local media allegedly imitating these efforts.

Specific Reactions

General Secretary Golam Mostafa Russell emphasized that the BPSA's protest was not directed at any specific individuals but at the broader trend of what he described as "intentionally motivated and defamatory" news lacking factual evidence. He insisted that corruption allegations should be substantiated through proper investigation processes.

Legal and Institutional Responses

Some properties and bank accounts of Benazir Ahmed and his family members have been seized by the court, and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has summoned them for questioning. However, they have yet to appear. In contrast, while reports about Asaduzzaman Mia's wealth have circulated, no legal action has been taken against him so far.

Perspectives on the Controversy
Former Police Officials

Former Inspector General of Police Md. Nurul Huda defended the BPSA's stance, asserting that the association has a duty to uphold the dignity of the profession. He argued that if allegations are unfounded, the association is within its rights to protest.

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB)

Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director of Transparency International Bangladesh, criticized the BPSA's statement as being objective in nature. He argued that the press release aimed to protect corrupt individuals within the police force and deflect accountability. He further claimed that the BPSA's actions indicate an inability to recognize the erosion of public trust in the police.

The clash between the BPSA and the media over allegations of corruption among top police officials has highlighted a significant issue within the law enforcement community in Bangladesh. While the BPSA insists on the necessity of substantiating allegations through due process, critics argue that the association's defensive stance undermines efforts to address corruption. This controversy underscores the need for transparent investigations and accountability to restore public confidence in the police force.

   


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