The Sundarbans of the country was once occupied by pirates. Fishermen in the Sundarbans and adjoining rivers and seas were always attacked by them. Thanks to the continued efforts of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), the world’s largest mangrove forest is now largely free of bandits.
RAB Director General (DG) Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun said some pirates may be isolated in the Sundarbans. However, as the message of RAB is being issued, no one is daring to influence there. Action will be taken against the ‘Kalkathi’ who will move from behind to disturb the Sundarbans.
The head of the country’s elite force said this while talking to reporters on Saturday on the occasion of the three-year anniversary of the liberation of the Sundarbans. On November 1, RAB will celebrate the third anniversary of the bandit-free Sundarbans. It will be attended by the Home Minister, Inspector General of Police (IGP), BGB Director General, Khulna Mayor, MPs from different constituencies and many others.
Due to the long-term efforts of the RAB, the pirates of the Sundarbans have returned to normal life by surrendering in groups at different times and depositing arms. The government has provided various assistance for their rehabilitation. RAB is also monitoring their post-rehabilitation.
“I am cooperating with the government and the pirates with our money,” he said. During Corona we helped people with money from our own salaries. I’m not doing it all the time. Our comrades are very excited to do this, they are proud. ‘
The RAB’s DG informed about the RAB’s plan so that the pirates can return to normal life through education. “There are plans to provide night school education for those who have returned to normal life,” he said. We will talk about this with the local people’s representatives. We are regularly monitoring so that the children of former pirates go to school regularly. We have said that we will extend our helping hand to those whose children will go to school and those who will behave well. If they (children) are educated, their self-esteem will increase.
Asked if there had been any robbery in the Sundarbans after the release, the RAB chief said, “We have not heard of any major incident. Nothing like that came in the media either. But we are not saying that small things did not happen. I am not saying that they (robbers) did not try. Whenever they tried, we controlled them. We did not allow them to increase their efforts.
Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun said two camps have been set up in the Sundarbans, one in Munshiganj in Satkhira and the other in Dublarchar. How difficult it is to be here (in Dublarchar), whoever is there will understand. The water there is salty. They wait for the rain to come, collect rainwater and drink it as drinking water. Now the number of tourists in the Sundarbans has also increased.
RAB is working to increase naval patrolling in the Sundarbans. The army chief said, ‘We have patrols in the Sundarbans area. We will continue to work for further growth. We have already collected several vehicles. I will collect more. It’s an ongoing process, it will continue. ‘
Asked if any training was being imparted to RAB members on environment in forest protection, the RAB director general said, “We have not provided any training directly. However, we are working closely with the forest department. Our colleagues have learned a lot by working with them.
The interests of various criminal gangs around the Sundarbans have been reported in the media at different times. So when asked if anyone from outside is trying to disturb the Sundarbans, Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun said, ‘No one is daring yet in a new way because we have a message. The message is still going on, will continue in the future. Action will be taken against those who try to disturb the Sundarbans.
The RAB chief further said, ‘I have heard through those who have tourist guides that the number of tourists visiting the Sundarbans has increased. The forest department says the number of tigers has increased during this time, as well as the number of deer.
In response to another question, the RAB director general said, ‘Some people (pirates) may be in the Sundarbans. However, they will not have the courage to influence the Sundarbans. Here he may have kept his job, he has fled – but he does not have the courage to go to the Sundarbans. ‘
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal will be the chief guest at a function to mark the third anniversary of the bandit-free Sundarbans on November 1. Also present will be Khulna City Mayor Talukder Abdul Khaleq, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Ministry Chairman Shamsul Haque Tuku, Khulna-2 MP Sheikh Salahuddin, Home Ministry Parliamentary Standing Committee Member and Member of Parliament Habibur Rahman, MP Pir Fazlur Rahman. Member of Parliament for the reserved women’s seat Gloria Jharna Sarkar, Senior Secretary of the Department of Public Security Mustafa Kamal Uddin, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr. Benazir Ahmed, Director General of Border Guard Bangladesh Major General. Safinul Islam.
RAB Director General (DG) Additional IGP Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun presided over the function and RAB Additional Director General (ADG, Operations) Col. KM Azad gave a welcome address.
(Dhaka Times / 31 October / SS / MOA)
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