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US alleged 600 people were forcibly disappeared but no list were published: IGP

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Inspector General of Police Benazir Ahmed has said the US alleged that 600 people were forcibly disappeared in Bangladesh since 2009, but no list of these people has been published anywhere.

“But I joined Rab in 2015. So why was I on that list?” the former director general of Rapid Action Battalion questioned.

On December 10, 2021, while imposing sanctions on him and six other former and current Rab officials, the US Treasury Department said in its website that since 2009, “Bangladeshi law enforcement” were responsible for “more than 600 disappearances”.

The IGP further added, “In 2009, I was working as the first secretary of the Bangladesh Mission in New York. The real fact is that no list of the 600 people, who have been accused of disappearance, has been published anywhere.”

IGP Dr Benazir Ahmed made the remarks while speaking at a warm reception by a citizens committee in New York, USA on Thursday. Leaders, workers of the citizen committee as well as common people of the US gathered at Gulshan Terrace Auditorium near Jackson Heights and gave the reception, reads a press release issued by Bangladesh Police Headquarters today (September 2, 2022).

US Awami League leader Hindal Qadir Bappa presided over the event, while Bangladesh Consul General to New York Dr Mohammad Monirul Islam was present.

Speaking in the event, Benazir Ahmed said, “I don’t want to blame the US administration or the Americans. Because it was done by those who did not vote for Bangabandhu’s boat in the 1970 elections and who were against the Liberation War in 1971.”

He added that the quarter had hired four lobbyist firms at a cost of $25 million annually. The rental firm has tried for three years in a row for the so-called sanction.

The IGP said there are 22 “information terrorists”, who are against the country and spreading propaganda against humanity.

“Spurious materials need to be flushed out as soon as they are seen on Facebook. We must present the real truth and only then will falsehoods be defeated,” said Benazir.

IGP Benazir Ahmed said, “We won independence by fighting for freedom. But still our liberation struggle continues. We have to win this fight. Conspiracy against the country, development and progress should be stopped.”

He said, “There was once a time when it was thought that social media would revolutionise journalism. But what do we actually see now?”

Benazir Ahmed said, “I am with everyone in the ongoing struggle to turn Bangladesh into Bangabandhu’s Sonar Bangla.”

He called upon all to remain united to keep the country first and pave the way forward at an indomitable pace.

The IGP is currently staying in New York to participate in the United Nations Police Chiefs’ Conference as a member of the Bangladesh delegation led by Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal.

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