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DMP Commissioner Habibur Rahman : Profile of a humane, pro-people police officer

DMP Commissioner Habibur Rahman : Profile of a humane, pro-people police officer

Special Correspondent

Additional IGP Habibur Rahman BPM (Bar), PPM (Bar) has been newly appointed as the 36th Police Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP). He is well - known as a people- friendly and humane police officer.

He is such a police officer - who has reached a unique height due to his talent, wisdom, competence, hard work and honesty. So far he has received Bangladesh Police Medal (BPM) three times and President Police Medal (PPM) twice in recognition of his consistent achievements in the police department.

Besides, he has successfully served as the Secretary of Bangladesh Police Association twice.

Apart from being a hard-working and dedicated high-ranking police officer, he is also a successful sports organizer, author, researcher, social reformer, social worker and editor of 'Detective', a monthly magazine published by the Bangladesh Police. More than that, the great quality of Habibur Rahman who has multi-dimensional talent.

Habibur Rahman worked as journalist in addition to studying in his student life. In his small reports, various dilapidations of the society and the sufferings of the common people were included. He never took any advantage from the profession of journalism. He has learned that if you want to make a change, you have to do it with all you have to do, not with any exchange.

Habibur Rahman passed as 17th BCS cadre and joined Bangladesh Police as Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1998. During his policing training in Sarada, he developed a close relationship with all his colleagues. With his leadership and creativity, he was selected as the Editor of the training souvenir 'Amar Holo Shuru', where his research paper included the roots of Bangladesh Police's history, traditions and activities.

Various aspects related to determination. After journalism, he started writing as a policeman and never turned back. After serving as managing editor of the legendary police monthly magazine 'Detective', he made radical changes in its quality, language and publication and presented the detective as a rich spokesperson for the entire police force.

In 2009, while serving as the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) of DMP, he edited a book titled 'Muktijuddae Pratham Pratham', through which the leading role of the police in the first liberation war was brought to light on a large scale. At the same time, he established the 'Police Blood Bank' on December 12, 2010 at Rajarbagh Central Police Hospital, which is capable of providing advanced services like any modern private blood bank in the country.

Police Blood Bank' currently not only supplies blood to the policemen, but also stands by the helpless and unconscious patients in any need. The journey of Police Blood Bank was a unique contribution of Habibur Rahman.

In 2012, Habibur Rahman, Police Superintendent of Dhaka district, established the 'Bangladesh Police Liberation War Museum' next to the Telecom Building located at Rajarbagh Police Line to pay tribute to the nation.

It was opened to the public in 2013 and it was formally inaugurated by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during National Police Week 2017. The Museum has rifles, guns, mortar shells, handbags, hats, glasses, wallets, uniforms, belts, ties, sticks, diaries, books, identity cards, pens, medals, flutes, mufflers, prayer mats, food plates, water mugs, used by policemen during the liberation war. glass of water, Radio, shirt, pants, tunic set with rank badge, camera, passport, driving license, iron helmet, hand mic, blood-soaked pant-shirt, wall clock, MM rifle and many other things are preserved. Habibur Rahman contributed to the history of the role of the police in the Liberation War by publishing the book "First Resistance in the Liberation War" and established the "Bangladesh Police Liberation War Museum" to show the fear of the police.

Contributions are well established as part of the history of Bangladesh subject to evidence. Habibur Rahman's name will be bright in the history of Bangladesh Police through this rare work.

During his tenure as Superintendent of Police of Dhaka District, he undertook various action-oriented initiatives to improve the social and economic quality of life of more than 20,000 'Bede' people living in Savar. He established 'Mini Garments' initially for employment with the aim of improving the social and economic standard of living of the 'Bede' community.

Bringing 35 'Bede' youths back from the profession of snake show and providing them with driving training, providing additional opportunities for reading and writing to 'Bede' boys and girls by establishing coaching centers and computer centers, repairing 18 dilapidated roads with government support, constructing a mosque. and completed several important works including building a paved Idgah for the local Vedic public.

He established a non-governmental organization called Uttaran Foundation through which around 300 houses have been constructed for the residents of Bede Palli in Savar. Using Savar's experience, schools and computer centers have also been built for 'Veda' children in Munshiganj.

Last year, houses were constructed for 19 Bede families in Munshiganj, as a result of which they now have a sense of relief. At present, apart from Dhaka and Munshiganj, this organization is doing various needs work with the people of the backward communities of Gazipur, Sylhet, Sunamganj and Singra area of Natore.

Moreover, the construction of 59 houses for the 'Vedas' of Kaliganj in Jhenaidah district brought smiles to the faces of the floating people. To say that he has become a beacon of hope for the nearly 3.6 million Bede and Manta communities scattered all over Bangladesh, as well as the emancipator of four and a half hundred years of untouchable and miserable life of this community.

While working on the development of 'Bede' communities, he observed that they used a different language to communicate among themselves. He continued to observe it for some time and was intrigued by this incomprehensible language. He called some acquaintances from among the Vedic community and learned that it was their own language called 'Thar'. He tries to learn more about the language and some words

Write the sentence in your note book. Then he started to find how this language actually came, who is using it and in which part of Bangladesh this language is being used. Along with this, he continued to collect various data about it. He concluded that the 'Thar' language is one of the endangered languages of Bangladesh and that no work has been done to collect or preserve this language.

He also learned that this language actually has no written form and is a spoken language. Therefore, the thought that the language of a community that has been living for four and a half hundred years will be lost in this way due to carelessness or neglect keeps driving him all the time. He tried through many concerned to preserve the language in various ways and found that in fact no one could penetrate deep into it due to lack of proper data. As a result, he started a lot of research himself.

At first he had to face several challenges due to his lack of expertise in linguistics. Later, he studied privately with a professor of Dhaka University for some time, as a result of which he was able to learn many important details of language science.

It took about eight years to recover the roots of the almost extinct Thar language and give it its full structure, reading and practical form. During this eight-year career, Habibur Rahman was promoted from Dhaka Superintendent of Police and served as Additional DIG (Personnel Management-1) of Police Headquarters, later promoted and served as DIG (Admin) of Police Headquarters. He served as Range DIG of Dhaka from May 16, 2019 before assuming his current position. Dhaka Range under the leadership of Habibur Rahman is considered as a role model through a circular from the police headquarters.

Finally, the research book "Thar: The Language of the People of the Vedas" completed this impossible task by the distinguished researcher and prolific writer Habibur Rahman, then DIG of Dhaka Range of Bangladesh Police. On 22 February 2022 (Tuesday), Habibur Rahman was the first to write such a research paper on the language of the community in the Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad Auditorium of Bangla Academy. Prominent fiction writer and educationist Syed Manjurul Islam inaugurated the unveiling ceremony organized by Panjeri Publication, the publisher of the book.

After the publication of this book about the extinct language of the Vedic community 'Thar', which is the product of 8 years of continuous research, a wide discussion started in various circles at home and abroad. As a result, Habibur Rahman was awarded the 2023 International Mother Language National Medal in recognition of this book's unique contribution to the protection, development and revival of the mother tongue.

On the occasion of great Martyrs' Day and International Mother Language Day last February 21, 2023, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presented this rare honor medal to Habibur Rahman, the author of the book, in a ceremony organized at the auditorium of the International Mother Language Institute.

Habibur Rahman was awarded the title of 'Jo Jo International Iconic Star Award-2023' on May 2, 2023 in Malaysia for the writing of the book 'Thar: The Language of the People of the Vedas' and in recognition of his personal life, work life and country.

Not only 'Bede ' community but Habibur Rahman society's backward Hee Parlor, Mini Garment Factory, these two have touched the hearts of many people. Apart from the welfare of 'Bede' community and members of the third gender, he stands by 1340 sex workers of Rajbari's Daulatdia. Habibur Rahman has also taken the initiative to establish a school for the children born without fathers in the wombs of rural residents besides distributing educational materials.

During the Corona period, he was the first to carry out the burial of a dead sex worker according to Islamic Shariah and to organize the first kulkhani of a sex worker. In the past, when sex workers died, dead bodies were buried in the sand at the banks of the Padma River in the dark of night or in the dark or buried in water by tying sacks filled with bricks/sand. At the initiative of Habibur Rahman, a permanent graveyard has now been built for the residents of the village.

Many sex workers have already changed careers and become self-employed. He changed the name of Daulatdia Patita Palli to 'Daulatdia Bazar Purbapara' to protect the social identity of sex workers and fatherless children born in their laps. These rare actions of Habibur Rahman to protect the human rights and social status of sex workers have been highlighted by Police Inspector Md. Zahidur Rahman wrote and directed the stage play 'Achalaitaner Apsari'.

Under the leadership of Habibur Rahman, a state-of-the-art drug treatment and rehabilitation center (Oasis) was built in Keraniganj, Dhaka during his tenure as Dhaka Range DIG. In a short span of time Oasis has built a solid institutional structure and helped around 200 patients return to normal life with services.

Habibur Rahman has also signed his talent as a sports organizer. He brought Kabaddi, a national sport that was stagnant in the sports arena, into the mainstream. Crossing the boundaries of the country, he is also gaining fame at the international level. As a sports organizer, he is now effectively handling the duties of General Secretary of Bangladesh Kabaddi Federation, Vice President of Asian Kabaddi Federation and Vice President of International Kabaddi Federation.

Habibur Rahman researched for several years about the brutal killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by his family on August 15, 1975. He tried to highlight the brutal truth of the Bangabandhu murder case to the entire nation by analyzing the verdict. Finally he created a stage play called 'Abhishapta August' on the full incident of this heinous massacre which was performed more than 100 times in one year.

staged, it is even now going to set a world record. Because no other stage play in history has been staged more than 100 times in a year. Besides, he published a photo album called 'Pita Tumi Bangladesh' with some historical photos of Bangabandhu and the story behind the photos. On the other hand, he is compiling and editing a book under the title 'Bangabandhu Katha O Kalme Police' about Bangabandhu's various sayings and statements about the police. The role of which was written by the Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina herself.

It should be noted that on January 3, 2023, at the opening ceremony of Police Week-2023 at Rajarbagh Police Lines in the capital, two books titled 'Letters of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman' edited by Habibur Rahman and its English version 'Letters of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman' were published on Bangabandhu's written letters from prison. Bangabandhu's daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina unveiled the cover of the book. It is noted that his colleague Additional Police Superintendent Md. Enayet Karim worked as a co-editor in the two books.

Habibur Rahman, who was born in the holy and fertile fields of Gopalganj, is constantly fighting the bigger problems of a very small section of the 18 crore people of this country - which are also man-made problems.

There is no doubt that Habibur Rahman will succeed in protecting the rights of the backward communities by removing the ongoing human-made inequalities of Bangladesh as a son of this land. Because in his personal and professional life, Habibur Rahman gave his all for the welfare of the country and the people.

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