Govt asks BB to inform ‘suspicious transactions’

Dhaka,  Wed,  23 August 2017
Published : 12 Apr 2017, 20:53:49

Govt asks BB to inform ‘suspicious transactions’

The government asked the Bangladesh Bank to inform intelligence agencies about suspicious banking transactions to detect terror financing sources.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan came up with the revelation on Wednesday while talking to reporters after a meeting of the committee on resisting militancy held at the Secretariat, reports UNB.

The government also decided to monitor whether the corporate social responsibility (CSR) fund of the country’s banks is being used in terror financing, he said.

He said educational institutions where involvement of militancy was earlier detected are now under watch, but the monitoring system for the institutions will be strengthened further.

Director General of the  Islamic Foundation Shamim Mohammad Afjal informed the meeting that so far the model Kutba (sermon), prepared by Islamic Foundation to raise public awareness against the militancy, was delivered in some 28.49 lakh mosques across the country, the minister told reporters.

Besides, imams (Islamic clerics) in their speeches before the sermon speak against militancy, drug, terrorism in every mosque of the country, he quoted the Islamic Foundation DG saying as.

The minister said all law enforcement agencies will step up their monitoring on all important websites, facebook and twitter.

He also said they will also monitor whether the illegal Bangladeshi expatriates who’ve been deported or the Rohingyas maintaining contacts with foreigners have any militancy link.

At the meeting chaired by him, Asaduzzaman said they decided to ask the Law Ministry to take steps for the speedy disposal of militancy-related cases as such huge cases are not pending with courts.

Noting that many accused militants came out of jail on bail and even some of them fled the country, he said legal action will be taken against the guarantors of bails if the accused are not produced before court.

Replying to a question about the cases filed against Hefajat-e Islam leaders and activists, the minister said the case proceedings will continue as per the law.

Among the committee members, secretaries of nine ministries, representatives from the central bank and chiefs of different law enforcement agencies joined the meeting. 
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