February 20, 2009

The cost of showing off

Bangladesh Police has a tradition of displaying their catch (like the one above from a file photo of the Daily Star) and showing off the recovered ammunitions and explosives to the press.

Today police nabbed one militant and his three female companions of the outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) at a house in Tongi along with five hand grenades and some bomb-making materials. Later in the day some 100 journalists and police were gathered at the Gazipur Superintendent of Police's conference room where he was briefing about this arrest. The militant Mamunur Rashid, still handcuffed pounced on one of the live grenades that were on display for the press, opened the pin and threw at the police and journalists. 10 police personnel including 2 OCs and 3 newsmen were critically hurt and rushed to the hospital.

The Daily Star comments on the sheer negligence of the police who did not diffuse the grenades even after 6 hours of seizure. Guess they were busy with showing off.


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