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Bangladesh to form counter-intelligence force

2009-11-16 14:01 BJT

DHAKA, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- The Bangladeshi government is planning to form a "counter-intelligence force" to monitor the activities of the members of the law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the backdrop of intelligence failure over Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) mutiny on Feb. 25-26 and other national tragedies, leading English newspaper The Independent reported on Monday.

The National Committee for intelligence Coordination (NCIC), which was formed recently, will control the force to provide necessary information to the government before any crisis arises, sources in the home ministry said Sunday.

A high official of the home ministry Sunday said on condition of anonymity that the counter intelligence force would be formed as per the recommendations of the inquiry committee on the BDR mutiny.

"The concerned higher authorities including some members of the NCIC, held several meetings to form the counter intelligence force," he said.

According to the sources, there is no counter intelligence force in most of the intelligence and law enforcement agencies that's why the government failed to get any warning by these agencies before tackling any crisis.

The government recently formed an eight-member "National Committee for Intelligence Coordination" (NCIC) with the prime minister as its chairman to coordinate intelligence activities of different agencies, remove limitations and bring about dynamism in their work. The prime minister's security adviser is acting as the chief coordinator of the committee.

The cabinet secretary, principal secretary, prime minister's office, director general of forces intelligence (DGFI), director general of national security intelligence (NSI), director general of special security force (SSF) and inspector general of police (IGP) will serve as the members of the committee.

In addition, director general of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), additional inspector general of special branch (SB) and the additional inspector general of criminal investigation department (CID) will assist the committee.

Editor: Du Xiaodan | Source: Xinhua