Addl IGP Rowshan killed in road accident in Congo

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Dhaka, May 06: Additional Inspector General of Bangladesh police Rowshan Ara Begum was killed and two others injured in a road accident in Congo on Sunday at 6:30 pm (Congo local time).She was working in peacekeeping missions there, Bangladesh Police Headquarters confirmed the matter.

According to the police headquarters, Rowshan was killed when her car collided with a lorry in Kinshasa. Superintendent of Police Farjana and the car driver were also injured.

Rowshan began her professional police career in February, 1988 and served in a variety of high-profile positions including Assistant Police Commissioner of the Accounts Section, Reserve Office, Traffic Division and Training Unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police – the largest police unit of Bangladesh Police.

She was the first woman police officer in the Bangladesh Police given the responsibility of a Superintendent of Police (SP) at the district level.

She successfully performed her duty as the SP of Munshiganj district from 1998 to 2000. She later served in different units as Deputy Commissioner, Additional Commissioner and Acting Commissioner of Police.

She was twice awarded with the “Inspector General Good Services Badge” for playing an important role in controlling terrorist activities, arresting terrorists, and recovering illegal drugs, arms, and ammunitions.

She was awarded the Anannya award in 1999 given to an outstanding woman in Bangladesh from the national magazine, Anannya.

She served as a Crime Analysis Officer in a UN Peacekeeping Mission in Kosovo, and as Chief-of-Staff, UNMIS-UNPOL Peacekeeping Mission in Sudan. At the same time she served as ex-officio President of Women’s Network for UNMIS-UNPOL with a membership from 42 countries.