PRE-EMPTING ACTS OF SABOTAGE
It was reported in this paper on Sunday that Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Armed Police Battalion (APBN) jointly launched a raid on Friday night against saboteurs who are keeping the political tremors alive during the on going unrest in the country. Needless to say, activities such as setting on fire buses with gun powder that led to tragic deaths of so many people in the blaze, pulling up railway tracks causing derailment and accidents leading to similar injuries and deaths are violent features common to earlier political violence but the extent of the fury and destructiveness this time seems to be entirely different. Very recently, even river crafts and infrastructures at river ports have come under attacks.
There are reasons to apprehend that the worst of these acts of sabotage is yet to follow. The escalation both in the scale and ferocity of violence, suggests that their perpetrators are planning to intensify such actions in support of their political goals. As it is, law enforcers even fear Mumbai style attacks at some stage against important vital national infrastructures by members of a now outlawed political party. Clues to the effect that they have been organizing the unleashing of such destructions were uncovered sometime ago as law enforcement bodies could seize large quantities of destructive gadgets and substances from their hideouts. There are strong possibilities that the worst of such sabotage could be ramped up if and when death sentences of their comrades would be attempted for execution. Whatever the developments in the near future, there are reasons for our security agencies to become much more serious about these potential dangers.
From the people’s perspective, the parade of deaths and destruction that the country have been witnessing over the last one month or so, could be limited if these agencies had a proactive plan in place to pre-empt such incidents before their actual occurrence. It is, of course, better to be late than never. There is no way to take lightly the security threat looming over the country – the very premonition of losing more lives and destruction of national assets on a bigger scale.
The drive against sabotage that has just started needs to be sustained with the greatest resolve and logistic supports by law enforcement bodies and the government.
DECEMBER 09, 2013