National Security Intelligence

National Security Intelligence
জাতীয় নিরাপত্তা গোয়েন্দা
Agency overview
Formed 29 December 1972 (1972-12-29)[1]
Preceding agency
  • Independent
Headquarters 1,Segunbagicha, Dhaka, Bangladesh[2][3]
Motto Watch and Listen for the nation, To protect national security
Annual budget Confidential
Agency executive
Parent agency None (Independent)

The National Security Intelligence (Bengali: জাতীয় নিরাপত্তা গোয়েন্দা), commonly known as the NSI, is the principal intelligence agency of the People's Republic of Bangladesh (গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশ). The NSI's headquarters is in 1 Segunbagicha, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The NSI is the leading body of the Government of Bangladesh in the field of internal security, counter terrorism, counter intelligence and foreign intelligence. NSI is largest among the intelligence agencies in Bangladesh, the others are as Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI), SB, CID, army intelligence, naval intelligence etc. The agency stands under the direct authority of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.[5]

This is an independent international intelligence agency. Like other intelligence agencies, NSI is believed to have branch offices outside Bangladesh. The NSI also has territorial units in all of the 64 districts of Bangladesh, headed by a Joint Director/Deputy Director or Assistant Director.[5]

Being the largest, highest and the only independent intelligence agency in Bangladesh, the NSI's principal activities are gathering information about foreign governments, individuals, corporations, political parties, different religious groups, terrorists and counter-intelligence against foreign intelligence agencies etc.[1]

Organization

  • National Security Intelligence is headed by a Director General (D.G) with the rank of Full Secretary to the Govt. or Major General and equivalent. There are 9 Director post equivalent to Full Colonel/ DIG, 9 Additional Director post equivalent to Lieutenant Colonel/ Additional DIG, 50 Joint Director post equivalent to Major/ Superintendent of Police, 118 Deputy Director post equivalent to Captain/ Additional Superintendent of Police, 295 Assistant Director post equivalent to Lieutenant/ Assistant Superintendent of Police.
  • Total manpower of NSI is 2326.The force is mostly staffed by civil personnel.[6]
  • Officers from other forces like Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, Ansar work on deputation.

Duties

The NSI National Security Intelligence has three principal activities: gathering information about foreign governments, corporations, and individuals; analysing that information, along with intelligence gathered by other Bangladesh intelligence agencies, to provide national security intelligence assessment to senior Bangladesh policymakers; and, upon the request of the President of the people republic of Bangladesh, carrying out or overseeing covert activities and some tactical operations by its own employees, by members of the military, or by other partners.[1]

Controversies

Human Rights abuses

According to Human Rights Watch's May 2009 issue, during the 2006–08 Bangladeshi political crisis in Bangladesh, the NSI was actively involved in harassment and arbitrary arrest of labour activists.[6]

See also

References

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