DHAKA: Bangladesh police launched a special intelligence unit on Sunday to monitor the activities of political parties, one of which branded the move as “unfortunate and undemocratic”.
Bangladesh’s main political parties have been mounting pressure on the military-backed interim government to end 19-month-old emergency powers. “We created the Political Intelligence Operation (PIO) to gather advance reports of what they (political parties) plan to do,” police commissioner Naim Ahmed told reporters.
“The PIO will not only keep track on activities by political parties and allied organisations but also have an overall responsibility to help ensure a peaceful public life,” he said.
Suranjit Sengupta, a former lawmaker and senior leader of the Awami League party, described the unit’s launch as “unfortunate, undemocratic and unconstitutional”.