Benazir Ahmed

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Benazir Ahmed
বেনজীর আহমেদ
28th Inspector General of Bangladesh Police
Inspector General of Police (Bangladesh) Insignia.svg
In office
15 April 2020 – 30 September 2022
PresidentAbdul Hamid
Prime MinisterSheikh Hasina
Preceded byMohammad Javed Patwary
Succeeded byChowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun
8th Director General of Rapid Action Battalion
In office
7 January 2015 – 14 April 2020
PresidentAbdul Hamid
Prime MinisterSheikh Hasina
Preceded byMd. Mokhlesur Rahman
Succeeded byChowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun
31st Police Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police
In office
14 October 2010 – 8 January 2015
Appointed byMinister of Home Affairs
Preceded byA. K. M. Shahidul Haque
Succeeded byAsaduzzaman Mia
Personal details
Born (1963-10-01) 1 October 1963 (age 59)
Gopalganj District, Bangladesh
Alma materUniversity of Dhaka
Police Training
Bangladesh Police Academy
  • Bangladesh Police Medal (BPM)
  • IGP's Exemplary Good Service Badge
  • UN Medal for the Service for Peace in Bosnia
  • UN Medal for the Service for Peace in Kosovo
  • UN Medal for the Service for Peace in UN Headquarters, New York, USA
Known for
Notable work
  • Additional Inspector General - Police Headquarters
  • Commandant - Police Training Center, Tangail
  • Deputy Inspector General (Admin & Op) - Police Headquarters
  • Deputy Inspector General (Finance) - Police Headquarters
  • Chief Instructor - Bangladesh Police Academy
  • Deputy Police Commissioner North-Dhaka Metropolitan Police
  • Superintendent of Police - Bangladesh Police Academy
  • UN peacekeeping missions in Bosnia and Kosovo
Police career
UnitRapid Action Battalion
Dhaka Metropolitan Police
Allegiance Bangladesh
Branch Bangladesh Police
Service years1988 - 2022
RankIGP Rank Badge IGP
BP Three Star Plate.svg

Benazir Ahmed is a retired Bangladeshi police officer[1] who served as 30th Inspector General of Bangladesh Police.[2] Prior to join as IGP, he served as the Director General of Rapid Action Battalion from January 2015 to April 2020.[3] Benazir is currently on a US sanctions list due the Rapid Action Battalion's alleged role in forcibly disappearing citizens since December, 2021.[4][5]


Benazir Ahmed was born in Gopalganj and studied English Literature at University of Dhaka and earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration from an American university.[6]


Ahmed joined Bangladesh Police Service as Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1988. He served in various appointments all along with his career. He has also received many professional pieces of training from home and abroad. He was deprived of promotion allegedly during the government of Bangladesh Nationalist Party as part of discrimination against police officers from Gopalganj and police officers from minority religions.[7] He was the Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police.[8] He criticized Transparency International Bangladesh report on Bangladesh police which he described as criticizing the Police "cruelly" and "unjustly" in 2013.[9]

On 30 December 2014, Ahmed was appointed Director General of Rapid Action Battalion replacing Mukhlesur Rahman.[10]

He was made the Inspector General of Bangladesh Police in April 2020.[11]

In 2022, Home ministry issued a notice that, IGP and two other officials are going to Germany on a 9-day visit to check the quality of 100,000 pieces of bed sheet for double cot and pillows for the police department.[12][13] But The news has caused stir in the social media and later the trip was cancelled after an uproar. Bangladesh Police claim that these reports were "untrue and misleading," and were a result of "linguistic confusion."[14][15]

US sanctions[edit]

On 10 December 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury added Ahmed to its Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list under the Global Magnistsky Act.[16][17][4] Individuals on the list have their assets blocked and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from dealing with them.[18]

Ahmed denied all allegations and expressed his shock on being sanctioned. He blamed the sanctions on "propaganda" and "anti state forces." He also accused human rights organisations of misleading US politicians, specifically referring to one unnamed group whose "South Asia director" was "a Pakistani."[5]


  1. ^ "New information emerges about Neo-JMB, 'spiritual leader' Kashem to be grilled for seven days". Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Benazir Ahmed becomes new IGP". The Daily Star. 8 April 2020. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Benazir new IGP, Mamun Rab DG". The Daily Star. 9 April 2020. Retrieved 6 January 2022.
  4. ^ a b "What's behind US sanctions against Bangladesh's elite paramilitary force?". Deutsche Welle. 14 December 2021. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Benazir: "We are victims of lies, falsehood and deceit"". Netra News — নেত্র নিউজ. 6 January 2022. Archived from the original on 23 February 2022. Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  6. ^ "New IGP, RAB DG, DMP commissioner named in a major police shake-up". Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  7. ^ Ahsan, Zayadul. "Pariahs in police". The Daily Star. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Police do not kill for money: Benazir Ahmed". Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  9. ^ "DU study finds 82% people happy with police service". Dhaka Tribune. Archived from the original on 28 March 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  10. ^ Report, Star Online (30 December 2014). "Shahidul new IGP, Benazir Rab chief". The Daily Star. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  11. ^ "Benazir Ahmed becomes new IGP". The Daily Star. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  12. ^ Staff Correspondent. "IGP set to visit Germany". Prothomalo. Retrieved 20 August 2022.
  13. ^ Staff Correspondent (11 February 2022). "Bedsheets for police: IGP, others going to Germany to assess dye". The Daily Star. Retrieved 20 August 2022.
  14. ^ Correspondent, Senior; "Police move to cancel IGP Benazir's Germany tour amid social media backlash". Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  15. ^ Staff Correspondent (18 February 2022). "IGP cancels Germany trip amid uproar". The Daily Star. Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  16. ^ "AHMED, Benazir".
  17. ^ "PM blasts US for remarks on Bangladesh". Daily Sun. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  18. ^ "Global Magnitsky Designations; North Korea Designations; Burma-related Designations; Non-SDN Chinese Military-Industrial Complex Companies (NS-CMIC) List Update". U.S. Department of the Treasury. Retrieved 10 December 2021.