‘Play proactive role against militancy and terrorism’, PM directs Ansar and VDP men

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Shafipur, February 12: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday directed the members of Ansar and Village Defense Party (VDP) to play more proactive role against militancy, terrorism and abuse of drug in rural areas.
“As a global phenomenon, Bangladesh is not free from the spate of militancy, terrorism and drug dealers which has emerged as a grave concern. Ansar and VDP members can play a big role in containing the menaces across the country as they live in rural areas,” she said.
The premier was speaking at the 37th National Rally at Ansar-VDP Academy. On the occasion, an attractive parade and march past of different contingents of Ansar-VDP was arranged at Platoon Commander Yead Ali Parade Ground of the academy.
Sheikh Hasina also asked them to be associated with development activities of the government to build Bangladesh as a prosperous and dignified nation.
She expressed her firm optimism that Ansar and VDP members would play a specific role in making people aware about the criminals linked with militancy, terrorism and drug dealing as well as maintaining law and order.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defense Party (VDP) is a dedicated force originated from the country’s very deep root and common masses.
“They have the ability and necessary training to play a role in motivating the people to engage in country’s development work,” she said.
The prime minister said the presence of more than half lakh members of Ansar and VDP in industries, seaports and airports kept the wheel of economy safe and propelling and they are also playing a pivotal role in the Aviation Security (AVSEC) and diplomatic zones.
As the largest and well-disciplined force, Ansar and VDP is playing important role in country’s needs since its inception, she said, adding that the force is also an important partner of government’s development endevour.
The prime minister said responding to the call of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, members of the force spontaneously took up arms against the enemy during the War of Liberation in 1971 which was written in golden letters in country’s history, reports BSS.
Recalling the role of the force in the War of Liberation she said a 12-member team of Ansar presented Guard of Honour to the exile government of Bangladesh at Meherpur on April 17, 1971.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, Home Secretary Dr Kamal Uddin Ahmed, Director General of Ansar and VDP Major General Mizanur Rahman Khan received the premier on her arrival at the academy.
Members of the cabinet, parliament members, chiefs of three services and senior civil and military officials attended the function.
Source: Agencies