Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday came down heavily on the USA for imposing sanctions on RAB and some of its officials, calling it despicable.
“I think imposing sanctions (on RAB and some of its officials) after all their successes (containing militancy, drugs, pirates and terrorists) is despicable,” she said.
The prime minister was speaking at the 18th founding anniversary of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at Shaheed Lt Col Azad Memorial Hall at Rab Forces Headquarters.
The PM joined it from her official residence Ganobhaban.
She said that Bangladesh law provides for punishing any member of a law enforcement agency who gets involved in any kind of crime.
"But it's a matter of regret that they imposed sanctions on some RAB members without any fault or cause. In their country they do not take any action against any member of their forces for their criminal activities," she said.
In this connection, she mentioned that in the US, a child was shot dead just for putting his hands in his pockets (during a police check) and in another incident, a law enforcement agency member suffocated a person to death on the street.
"They did not get punished," she said.