A total of 677 posts in 14 categories will be created to form a new battalion of the country’s elite force, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), for maintaining law and order in the three hill districts of Rangamati, Bandarbans and Khagrachhari and the tourism town of Cox’s Bazar.

These include one post of director of the unit-RAB-15, six posts of deputy director (DD), 35 posts of senior assistant director, 54 posts of deputy assistant director, one post of religious teacher, 130 posts of sub-inspector and 152 posts of assistant sub-inspector, government sources said.

A senior official of the Public Security Division of the home ministry told The Independent that they have prepared a proposal in this regard and it would be placed at the meeting of the Secretary Committee on Administrative Improvement Affairs today (Thursay).

“We have got clearance from the finance ministry and the public administration ministry to create the 677 posts. After getting recommendations from the secretary committee, a gazette notification of the posts will be issued by the ministry concerned,” he said.

Sources said the new RAB-15 unit, named “Parbattoya Battalion”, started its activities recently on a temporary basis in the Cox’s Bazar area as per the decision of the ministry on November 25, 2018. The new battalion of RAB-15 will work for the three hill districts and Cox’s Bazar, keeping in mind the large number of Rohingyas staying in Cox’s Bazar and also help maintain law and order in the three hill districts.

According to sources, local people have demanded a permanent camp of RAB on an urgent basis in the hills to ensure security in the areas as many armed gangs are involved in killing, abduction, rape, extortion and toll collection from locals. There were currently 56 crime prevention companies of the elite force under 14 battalions, covering the 35 districts, including Dhaka metropolitan city.

For conducting activities in the other 29 districts, three separate battalions wll be set up. The existing battalions carry out operations in those areas, whenever needed.

The elite RAB was formed on March 26, 2004 with members of the police, Army, Navy, Air Force, Border Guard Bangladesh and Ansar.

Since its inception, RAB has seized a total of 3,149 illegal arms and more than 36,000 rounds of ammunition. It has made more than 500 arrests, according to the website of the force.

MK



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