Category Archives: Justice/Law & Order

Forensic Training Institute to be inaugurated on Dec 29

Forensic Training Institute to be inaugurated on Dec 29

DHAKA, Dec 23 (BSS)-Police is set to inaugurate the first- ever Forensic Training Institute on December 29 aimed at creating experts to ensure scientific and authentic investigations.

Inspector General of Police Hasan Mahmood Khandker will inaugurate the institute on December 29 this year, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of CID Saiful Alam told BSS today.

The institute will be set up on the first floor of newly constructed headquarters of CID at Malibagh in the city and it would be operated under its jurisdiction, he said.

Members of police will be provided with forensic training by local and foreign experts, he mentioned.

There is no alternative to give forensic trainings to law enforcers to correctly protect crime scene as well as preserve evidences of crimes for the sake of authentic and scientific investigation, the DIG said.

“In absence of forensic examination of fingerprints, footprints and liquid evidences like blood, saliva, sweat and sperm of criminals, it is simply impossible to identify the real culprit,” Special Superintendent of Forensic Department of CID Mohammad Sarwar said.

“But these problems can be solved through proper forensic examinations. and an authentic investigation is possible only through proper forensic examinations,” the CID official said.

However, with a view to introducing scientific investigation, five more full fledged forensic laboratories will be installed in phases at five divisional headquarters in Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet, Barisal and Rangpur.

Three forensic laboratories were earlier installed at Rapid Action Battalion headquarters at Uttara, CID headquarters and at Dampara Police Lines in Chittagong.

Each of the five forensic laboratories will be set up at a cost of Tk 20 to 25 crore funded by the Bangladesh government and Japanese Debt Cancellation Fund (JDCF).

Modern equipment will be purchased from foreign countries for the laboratories through international tender.

The forensic laboratories will have 10 units, including handwriting, fingerprint, footprint, microanalysis, crime scene, counterfeit note or coins, information technology, chemical lab, photography lab and ballistic unit.


Industrial police changes scenario in garment industry

Industrial police changes scenario in garment industry

SAVAR, Nov 18 (BSS) – The scenario in country’s garments industry has changed following formation of the industrial police.

Peace and stability returned in the largest export-earning sector as the newly formed force is working with devotion to maintain law and order in the industrial zones, concerned sources said.

The sources said the garments industry has got rid of incidents of worker-owner clash and attack on factories after the formation and deployment of industrial police.

This has created better working atmosphere and possibility of new investments in the sector, they added.

Anisuzzaman, director of a garment factory in Ashulia, said unlike the past, the workers cannot resort to destructive activities since the formation of industrial police.

Besides, the worker-owner gap has reduced after the deployment of the new force, he added.

Responding to the demand of garments factory owners, the government formed industrial police in October 2010 with 365 members of ordinary police.

The industrial police was divided into four units. Unit 1, comprising 700 members, took the charge of more than 800 factories under Savar, Ashulia and Dhamrai thanas where about five lakh workers are working.

Unit 1 Deputy Company Commander Fayezul Kabir said they are working relentlessly to maintain peace and order in garment industry.

They are taking all necessary steps to resolve problems quickly,he added.

Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin appreciated the performance of industrial police. He pointed to various limitations of the force and demanded adequate logistic supports.

Director General of Police (IGP) Hasan Mahmud Khandakar said recently that the members of industrial police are being trained
up to develop the force as an independent agency.

First-ever ICT training centre for police in two years

First-ever ICT training centre for police in two years

DHAKA, Oct 7 (BSS)- Bangladesh police is set to install the first- ever training centre on information technology in next two years in a bid to enhance their professional excellence.

Construction of the centre titled “Bangladesh Police Korea Centre for Information Technology” is expected to be completed by 2013 at a cost of Taka 24 crore (3 million US dollars).

“The centre will provide the policemen with training on information of communication technology to enhance their professional excellence to deal with the crimes involving modern technologies,” Special Superintendent of CID and project director of the institute Mohammad Rezaul Haider told BSS today.

Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), which will provide the cent percent fund to set up the centre, gave their nod to the proposal prepared by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), he said.

“We are now preparing Development Project Proforma (DPP) for setting up the institute,” he said, adding that they will send the DPP to the government for its approval.

Rezaul said the centre would be installed at Police Mill Barrack at Lalbagh in the old city.

Work on construction of the centre is expected to start in November next, another CID official said.

After installation of the institute, around 800 cops will be imparted with trainings per year on basic of computer, hardware and networking while 500 with developing software.

Some 80 policemen will also be given training on cyber crimes per year in a bid to develop their professional excellence to deal with such crimes involving high-technology.

Local and foreign trainers will conduct the training programmes. Bangladesh police have started providing training to train the trainers, who will give training to policemen.

Several trainings including a two-week long Training of Trainers (ToT) was arranged at the Detective Training School in February this year.

People to see case updates, verdicts online

SC goes digital
People to see case updates, verdicts online
Ashutosh Sarkar

As part of a move to reform the judiciary, the Supreme Court has started updating its website with details of the cases heard and disposed at the Appellate and the High Court divisions every day.

The SC website also contains the daily cause list of both its divisions with the names of the benches that will hear cases.

The apex court initiated the move in October on an experimental basis.

A Supreme Court official told The Daily Star last week that the site would take a good shape in a few weeks.

The official said the outcome of a day’s hearing will be uploaded on the site within hours after the court order. It will help the litigants to decide immediately on their next course of action.

One can also download almost all the existing laws of Bangladesh from the site.

“The chief justice has taken the initiative to reform the judiciary,” said SC Registrar M Asharaful.

He hoped it would restore people’s trust in the judiciary and reduce sufferings of the litigants.

Preferring anonymity, an SC official said, the apex court requested the law ministry to allocate Tk 5 crore for upgrading the site with details of cases at lower courts, and the ministry responded positively.

The CJ also held meetings with lower court judges and directed them to dispose of cases in a short time.

On October 30, he instructed judicial magistrates to dispose of all cases filed before 2005 holding quick hearings on a priority basis.

Some 16 lakh cases now remain pending with lower courts across the country.

According to SC sources, over 7,000 cases await trial at the Appellate Division, and 3,53,000 at the High Court Division.

Taking into account the pressure on the HC Division, Justice Khairul directed the SC registrar to keep the registration section open on Saturday.

Additional Attorney General MK Rahman termed CJ’s initiatives unique, and said they would be good for the judiciary.

The next chief justice should continue the reform work, he added. Justice Khairul will retire on May 18 next year.

About upgrading the SC website, he said it will help keep the court records updated and ensure people’s easy access to them.

SC and HC judges and their personal assistants have recently been equipped with over 300 computers.

SMS to inform citizens of rights

SMS to inform citizens of rights
Star Business Report

Mobile phone operators will help raise citizens’ awareness by sending free text messages that explain the Right to Information Act (RTIA), they announced in Dhaka yesterday along with government representatives.

The information minister, officials of the information commission and CEOs of Grameenphone and Robi Axiata Ltd sat together to discuss how the vast clientele of mobile phones in the country will help make implementation of the act more meaningful.

Informative text messages — and voice messages for those who cannot read — will be sent to mobile users during a three-month campaign, starting with Victory Day celebrations, said Chief Information Commissioner Muhammad Zamir.

Subsequent steps may include call centres that people can call for more information, he added.

Some TV channels will disseminate RTIA information during prime-time news through regularly updated scrolls sponsored by the mobile companies. The scrolls will be shown from 11am to midnight.

There are now about 65 million cell phone users in the country.

Grameenphone Chief Executive Officer Oddvar Hesjedal said the effort is part of the company’s commitment to corporate social responsibility.

It is difficult to get a new law work, but first people should know that they are allowed to ask questions and expect answers, he added.

Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad said government officials should improve their attitude on providing information on issues that concern people.

He said the free flow of information would help empower people, establish good governance by reducing corruption, and ensure transparency and accountability.

He noted that the AL government passed the RTIA in the first session of parliament as a priority and said that the government is keen on its implementation.

Per Erik Hylland, CEO of Telenor; Micheal Kuehner, CEO of Robi; Prof Sadeka Halim, information commissioner, and Hedayetullah Al-Mamun, information secretary, also spoke.

Govt, UNDP sign Tk 1.30b project for village courts

Govt, UNDP sign Tk 1.30b project for village courts

The government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Wednesday signed an agreement to implement a new technical assistance project in Bangladesh for strengthening the justice system at the grass roots level through village courts, reports BSS.

The project “Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh”, jointly funded by the government of Bangladesh, the European Commission (EC) and UNDP, will improve access to justice for disadvantaged and marginalised groups and promote and protect human rights.

It will strengthen the village court system primarily in 500 selected Union Parishads across the country, which will enable people at the grass roots level to seek justice remedies in a transparent and affordable manner for matters that fall under the jurisdiction of the village courts, said a UNDP press release.

Improved access to justice mechanisms at the local level will have particular impact on the empowerment of women, the poor and disadvantaged groups. The project will also strengthen local government institutions making them more responsive to local needs.

The total value of the project amounts to approximately 14.98 million US dollars (approximately Tk 103 crore) with .073 million US dollars (approximately 50 lakh taka) contributed by the government of Bangladesh, 13.62 million US dollars (approximately 93.4 crore Taka) by the EC and 1.3 million US dollars (approximately 8.9 crore taka) by UNDP.

Council of advisers approves Judicial Service Secretariat Ordinance-2008

Council of advisers approves Judicial Service Secretariat Ordinance-2008

DHAKA,Bangladesh, Dec 14 (BSS) – The Council of Advisers today approved the Judicial Service Secretariat Ordinance-2008 for complete separation of judiciary from the executive.

The approval was given at a meeting of the council of advisers held here this afternoon with Chief Adviser Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed in the chair.

After the meeting, Press Secretary to the Chief Adviser Syed Fahim Munaim said the ordinance will help establish effective control of the Supreme Court on lower courts and tribunals.

Briefing newsmen, he said it will shift total administrative affairs of judicial service to the new secretariat from the ministry of law affairs.

Besides, the council approved Bangladesh Telecommunications (amendment) Ordiannce-2008 and Chartered Secretaries (amendment) Ordinance-2008.

The press secretary said the meeting also approved the Emergency Power Repeal Ordinance-2008 and a proposal regarding lifting of emergency declared on January 11, 2007.

Besides, the council approved in principle a proposal to upgrade College of Textile Technology located in Tejgaon, Dhaka to Bangladesh Textile University.

The council after holding thorough discussion asked the ministry of education to bring the proposal before the cabinet soon after further examination.

Advisers and special assistants to the Chief Adviser attended the meeting held at the Chief Adviser’s Office (CAO). Cabinet secretary, press secretary and secretaries concerned were present.