Police officials recruited in the 36th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) have formed two separate committees on the same day. The grouping and counter-grouping show a widening gap among the police cadres who are yet to complete two years in government service.
At least five police officials of the batch told The Business Standard that the grouping mentality frustrates them, and it will "bring no good for them" at the very beginning of their civil service career.
On Friday afternoon, a faction of the 36th BCS police sat at the Police Officers' Mess in Dhaka and announced the batch president and general secretary. The meeting also decided to announce the full committee soon.
They sent a press release to different media outlets announcing the committee formation. The press release says Mohammad Imrul was made president and M Rakibul Hasan Bhuiyan general secretary of the 36th BCS batch of police officers.
Just hours after that, another group of the same batch surfaced at the afternoon and declared their committee. The faction elected Rajon Saha and Mushfiqur Rahman Tushar as president and general secretary respectively.
"More than 40 members of the batch were present at the meeting," Rajon Saha told The Business Standard, adding, "The general members of the batch elected him president."
General secretary of the another faction M Rakibul Hasan Bhuiyan echoed the same. He, too, claimed majority of the batch members were present at their meeting.
"More than 50 members voted us. Those who are claiming themselves president or general secretary of another faction are just losers. They lost their popularity among the batch," Rakibul added.
Dhaka University teacher Md Tawohidul Haque termed the attitude upsetting. He commented this is not the spirit of the job they should raise.
"They were selected to serve the people. If they got involved in rivalry from the very beginning and remain busy with that, how will they serve the nation?" asked Assistant Professor Tawohidul of the Institute of Social Welfare and Research of the university.