The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime(CTTC) unit, a specialised unit of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) formed to combat cybercrimes, terror financing and mobile bank related crimes, is likely to start functioning in February.
The unit has been formed initially comprising of 600 members headed by a DMP Additional Commissioner (DIG), according to sources.
The other members of the unit are: One joint commissioner, four deputy commissioners (DCs), 10 ADCs and 20 ACs, and the rest are from the ranks of inspectors and constables.
Although other intelligence agencies in the country are very much capable to collect prior information about any apprehension but those agencies have not been given authority to investigate any case, A DMP official said on condition of anonymity.
"Investigation is a very important part in terrorism-related cases. As the intelligence agencies are not designated to investigate any case filed with police stations, an independent police unit like CTTC is needed which will act as a 'one stop service'," he said.
The CTTC unit will operate in coordination with other intelligence agencies. The unit will file cases with local police stations after arresting criminals as well as send reports to court after completing investigation.
DMP spokesperson Joint Commissioner (JC) of Detective Branch (DB) Monirul Islam said, "We need a dedicated independent police unit to monitor the terrorist activities and keep them, who're released after securing bail, under surveillance.”
Social media, websites and e-mails will be under strict surveillance of the CTTC unit for security reasons, he said.
"Earlier, the United Nations and many friendly countries had suggested us to form such dedicated counterterrorism unit. The police headquarters submitted a proposal to form a 'Police Bureau of Counter Terrorism' to the Home Ministry in 2010. The proposal is now under-consideration of the ministry," the JC DB said.
The CTTC unit will conduct research after collecting terrorism-related information and also deal with terror financing, including mobile financial services, alongside transnational crimes, human trafficking, smuggling of drugs and illegal firearms and fake currency, Monirul Islam added.
According to him, the CTTC will have a division on cyber security and crime under a deputy commissioner. Besides, the existing Special Weapons and Tactics and Bomb Disposal units of DB will merge with the new unit after strengthening its capability as well as manpower, he said.
The JC DB also said that crime scene unit, dog squad and forensic department will also be included in the unit as support. "The CTTC will work only in DMP's jurisdiction but it'll also work outside Dhaka city in coordination with other police units in case of terror acts”, according to UNB. - Idrak