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Cops want end to misuse of flag stands on vehicles

Published : 15 Aug 2020 10:27 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 10:44 AM

Against the backdrop of criminals illegally using official flag stands on their vehicles, the government plans a policy on the use of flag stands, stickers, monograms and horn on vehicles.

Arrested notorious gang leader and online casino mafia don  Salim Prodhan, well known as a pimp of BNP leader Tarique Zia, illegally used the official  flag stand on  his car.

Another arrested master fraud, Md Shahed also used a SUV that featured a flag stand and VIP horn.

At different times, law enforcers arrested various criminals who were using flag stands only to dodge the law enforcers.

Law enforcers very often become confused on seeing  flag stands on hundreds of cars. Sometimes, many high officials are deprived of their due privileges as a large number of cars are seen on the streets. Police Headquarters has recently sent a letter to the home ministry regarding the misuse of flag stands.

Later, the home ministry wrote to the cabinet to formulate proper guidelines on using flag stands.

Following the letter, the cabinet is going to formulate a guideline. After formulation of the guideline, officials must take prior permission before using flag stands, stickers, monograms and special types of horns on their cars. Different types of agencies will be given instructions to use different types of horns. 

Law enforcing agencies, ambulance, fire service shall have to use different types of horns so that their vehicles can easily be identified. The Home Ministry requested cabinet division to immediately formulate a guideline on the issue in February this year. Later, the cabinet division formed a committee headed by a joint secretary.

The committee started its work, but due to the Covid-19, there was no significant progress in formulating the guidelines.

From last week, the concerned officials have again started their work rapidly.

Talking to Bangladesh Post, Md. Mozammel Haque, Director of Rapid Action Battalion-4 said, “We at different times arrest criminals and seize fake flag stands and stickers from their possession.”

Shaikh Nazmul Alam, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Criminal Investigation Department said, “Sometimes, criminals use fake flag stands to dodge law enforcers.”

About the ongoing process of formulating guidelines on using flag stands, Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam told Bangladesh Post that he could not comment on the issue without seeing the files.

He said, “As of right now, I am not in office, I cannot specifically say anything about it.”