Message from Addl. IGP, ATU
I am pleased to welcome you to the website of Anti Terrorism Unit.
Terrorism aims at the destruction of democracy and rule of law. It has a direct impact on the enjoyment of the rights to life, liberty and physical integrity. Terrorism can destabilize a government, undermine civil society, jeopardize peace and security, and threaten social and economic development. After the shocking ‘Holey Artisan Bakery incident’ on 1st July 2016, establishment of a specialized unit for countering terrorism and violent extremism was extremely felt. To that end Anti Terrorism Unit started its journey from 19th September, 2017.
ATU acts as the lead agency of Bangladesh Police in the area of countering extremism and terrorism. ATU is mandated to co-ordinate with all stakeholders and agencies allied to counter terrorism. ATU is committed to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of countering terrorism, through adherence to provisions of laws and regulations.
To address radicalization and extremism, Anti Terrorism Unit arranges seminars, workshops, and awareness programs with Students of School, College, Madrasah and University. We exchange views to sensitize them the impact of this menace on personal, social, economic and cultural setting of the Nation.
De-radicalization is an approach to revert those who are already indulged with any form of terrorism. De-radicalization is a combined effort. Law enforcement agencies along with different stakeholders including Educational Institutions, Religious Scholars, Imams, Community Leaders, Opinion Leaders, Freedom Fighters, Politicians and Media have important roles to play in the process. The people of our country have always been the driving force to tackle every crisis. ATU consider the responsible members of the community as our most potential partner in the war against terrorism. We do solicit all out co-operation and support from all concerned to achieve our goals.
I strongly believe website of Anti Terrorism Unit will be helpful for those who are interested to know about ATU and willing to extend their support to strengthen our initiatives. I wish this website a grand success.