DHAKA, March 26, 2015 (BSS)-Director General (DG) of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Benazir Ahmed said here today they were committed to build a society free from militancy, terrorism.
"RAB managed to win the heart of the people within a short period of time through its anti-crime activities. The elite force will be equipped with high technology to combat crimes effectively in the days to come," he said at a press briefing held at RAB Headquarters here marking the 11th anniversary of the force.
Asked about anarchy carried out by the BNP-Jamaat alliance in the last two months, he said, "A reign of terror has been established with killing people including children with petrol bomb attacks. But, the law and order situation is good enough as RAB successfully controlled it."
The day's programme started with hoisting national and the force's flag around 8 in the morning.
The elite crime busting force stepped into its 12th year journey today.
With a view to fighting terrorism, the RAB was formed on March 26 in 2004 and it started operation on July 21 in the same year.
The elite security force came to the limelight when it arrested Pichchi Hannan, one of the 23 most-wanted criminals, on June 26, 2004.
The RAB nabbed several hundreds of Islamic militants including the leaders of the banned outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB)- Shaikh Abdur Rahman, Siddiqur Rahman alias Bangla Bhai, Abdul Awal, Ataur Rahman Sunny- and Harkatul Jihad chief Mufti Abdul Hannan.
It is mentionable that Col Gulzaruddin Ahmed, who had great contribution to detecting the militants' hideouts and arresting them, was killed in Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) carnage at Pilkhana on February 25, 2009. Some other members of the force also sacrificed their lives while fighting criminals.
Deputy assistant director Humayun Kabir and Constable Phul Miah of Rab-11 were killed in a shootout with the criminals at a brickfield at Salehpur in Savar on March 3, 2007.