Dhaka Metropolitan Police will shortly get 35 ultra-modern vehicles, including 10 armoured carriers, worth about Tk80 crore aiming to enhance its ability and ensure more security for residents, said sources in DMP.
Of the rest, 20 are escort vehicles and five floodlight ones. The vehicles will be more effective to conduct drives at day and night.Despite intelligence information, lawmen have to face difficulty in conducting operations against criminals at night, which force police to wait till daylight. For this reason, floodlight vehicles will be bought.
The vehicles will be purchased under a project named ‘Ability Enhancement of Dhaka Metropolitan Police to Combat Terrorism and Ensure Public Security’.
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved the project recently. The expenditure of the project has been estimated at Tk 79,66,18,000.
Of the amount, the government will pay Tk 40,08,00,000 while Japan will provide Tk 39,58,18,000.
Deputy Commissioner (Finance) of DMP Shamol Kumar Mukharjee, confirmed the news. He said the vehicles will boost the DMP speed.
The government has declared a zero tolerance policy against terrorism.Police have been praised locally and internationally for its success in combating criminals with its limited equipment and manpower.
But recently international militant groups are posing a big challenge for Bangladesh.
The category of criminals have now changed, which is now more dangerous than previous time.
Police have to face difficult situations during raids due to lack of necessary equipment and logistics.
Many times, operations are not possible to be conducted for not having armoured carriers.
The criminals organise at night, but DMP has to wait till daytime for absence of floodlight vehicles. So, the criminal get much time to commit crimes at night.
On condition of anonymity, an additional commissioner of police at DMP said the more police will be given safe vehicles, the more they can enhance their ability.
“If the project is implemented, it will be very helpful for DMP and residents. DMP will be able to conduct operations rapidly if the vehicles are purchased,” he said.