3,000 policemen punished in a few months
Nearly 3,000 police officials of different ranks faced punitive action for their involvement in alleged misdeeds or for their lapses over the past several months in Bangladesh, officials said.
"Such police officials were punished in different ways. They were either suspended or made officers on special duty," Inspector General of Police Noor Mohammad told reporters at southeastern port city of Chittagong on Friday.
Mohammad said the officials included officials even of the ranks of Deputy Inspector General, police superintendent and inspector.
"We will not tolerate any misdeeds in police service as we want to build a better image of police personnel as friends of the public...We will not spare anyone if they are found involved in corruption in police service," the 'New Age' nespaper quoted him as saying.
The police chief added that the authorities were now moving ahead with "zero tolerance" about corruption and service quality as "we are now working in a congenial atmosphere free of any political interference" under an interim government in emergency-ruled Bangladesh.
"We earlier faced problems in discharging our duties freely and professionally as there were some lapses in recruitment and posting," he said in an apparent reference to alleged political consideration in appointment and postings of police officials earlier.
Mohammad's comments came as in police in Bangladesh now underwent a massive UN-assisted reform programme, which he said was also expected to change the "behavioural approach of the policemen".