Outgoing Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia on Thursday urged the police force not to torture and harass people.
In a meeting with journalists at the DMP centre, he said: “It was one of my biggest challenges to establish the spirit of being servants of the republic in 35,000 DMP personnel.”
Asaduzzaman Mia said he had taken many steps to improve security for city residents during his 1680 days as DMP chief, yet he pointed out that he failed on two issues.
“First, we sometimes failed to meet the expectations of the people who came to police stations, and second, we could not reduce traffic jams,” he admitted while sharing his experience.
Asaduzzaman blamed the lack of coordination between the traffic police and other concerned organisations for the poor traffic management.
He also pointed out two of his successes. The first being the police carrying out massive countrywide anti-militant drives after the Holey Artisan Cafe attack in Gulshan. Some 21 outlaws were neutralised in 61 raids. Bangladesh is now a role model for curbing militancy.
The second being that the police managed to collect information on tenants across the capital. By doing so the police have data on 72 lakh city residents. As a result of this initiative, militants have not been able to rent homes by concealing their identity.
The DMP chief also said, “We successfully provided security for various mega sports, cultural and political events, and international conferences. We were officially praised by the parliament speakers of 80 countries.”