“A friend in need is a friend indeed” is a proverb that best applies to Bangladesh Police who have come forward with a kind heart and helping hand to serve people at a time when they need it most.
While Police have been making enormous efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus, they even have gone beyond the call of duty to help people who are passing a distressful life amid COVID situation. Apart from maintaining law and order, they have been seen distributing food among the distressed. They are so seen going from door-to-door offering help to citizens.
Industrial Police, a specialised unit of Bangladesh Police entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining law and order in the industrial sector, and Gazipur Metropolitan Police have set a shining example by taking an initiative of reducing the burden of house rent for garment workers living in Gazipur, Ashulia, Savar and Dhamrai areas.
Local house owners agreed to reduce 40% of house rents for garment workers living in Gazipur, Ashulia, Savar and Dhamrai areas at the request of Industrial Police, Gazipur Metropolitan Police and Ashulia Police.
Earlier, the high officials of Industrial Police and Gazipur Metropolitan Police held meetings with local house owners in the presence of public representatives, civil society members and locals to discuss the issue of reducing house rents and requested them to reduce the house rents considering humanitarian grounds during the present situation.
Sana Saminur Rahman, honorable SP of Industrial Police in Ashulia industrial unit-1; Sushanta Sarkar, additional superintendent of Industrial Police; AC of Kashimpur and Konabari thana Ahsan, Inspectors at Industrial Police Jalil and Aburba Hasan, among others, were present at the meetings.
In another move, police have introduced an app and mobile shop to reach daily commodities to the doorsteps of Dhaka residents with a view to reducing exposure to Covid-19 infection.
Alongside the initiative, the law enforcement agency has also opened a page in social media to support the needy and middle-class families. The Tejgaon division of DMP has launched the app -- wevbd.com -- last week to deliver essential products to the doorsteps of people so that they do not need to come out of home.
The Gulshan division of DMP has already launched a new service in apartment buildings with the help of a volunteer group "Hello Shop". Customers can collect essential items (with price tags) from a shelf set up downstairs and leave the money in a cash box next to it. The Gulshan division also has home delivery options and a volunteer group -- "Swapno Chaka" -- is helping them in this regard. Meanwhile, the Mirpur division of DMP has launched a platform called "Khoj Niyechen" to stand beside the needy by providing them with food support.
BGMEA would like to extend wholehearted thanks and express sincere gratitude to the Police for taking such noble moves to help people, including garment workers at a time when they need it most.