The Chittagong Metropolitan Police Ordinance, 1978

( Ordinance NO. XLVIII OF 1978 )

An Ordinance to provide for the constitution of a separate police-force for the Chittagong Metropolitan Area and for the regulation thereof.

WHEREAS it is expedient to provide for the constitution of a separate police-force for the Chittagong Metropolitan Area and for the regulation thereof and for matters connected therewith or ancillary thereto;
NOW, THEREFORE, in pursuance of the Proclamations of the 20th August, 1975 and 8th November, 1975, and in exercise of all powers enabling him in that behalf, the President is pleased to make and promulgate the following Ordinance:-



1. Short title, extent and commencement

2. Definitions

3. Application of Act V of 1861

4. Jurisdiction of District Magistrate barred in certain cases

5. Constitution of the Force

6. Superintendence of the Force

7. Police Commissioner, Additional Police Commissioners, Deputy Police Commissioners and Assistant Police Commissioners

8. Appointment of subordinate officers

9. Transfer

10. Auxiliary police-officer

11. Power of Police Commissioner to make orders for administration of the Force

12. Punishment of subordinate officers

13. Police-officer to be deemed always on duty

14. Resignation of subordinate officers

15. General duties of police-officers

16. Duties of police-officers towards the public and arrested persons

17. Duties of police-officers to keep order in streets, etc.

18. Persons bound to conform to reasonable directions given by police-officers

19. Power of police-officers to enforce their directives

20. Power of police-officers to lay information, etc.

21. Power of police-officers to search suspected persons in streets, etc.

22. Enforcement of directions, notifications, public notices and orders given, issued or made under sections 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 or 33

23. Charge of unclaimed property and disposal thereof 24. Impounding of cattle

24.Impounding of cattle

25.Powers as to inspection, search and seizure of false weights and measures

26. Power of Police Commissioner to make regulation

27. Police Commissioner may authorise erection of barriers on streets

28. Power of Police Commissioner and other police-officers to give directions to the public

29. Power of Police Commissioner to prohibit certain acts for prevention of disorder

30. Power of Police Commissioner to prohibit assembly or procession

31. Power of Police Commissioner to reserve any street or public place for any public purpose

32. Power of Police Commissioner to requisition vehicles

33. Power of Police Commissioner to prohibit, restrict or regulate use of music, etc.

34. Orders for prevention of riot, etc.

35. Police to provide against disorder, etc., at places of amusement and public meetings

36. Stray dogs to be destroyed

37. Suffering or unfit animals to be destroyed

38. Employment of additional police on application

39. Employment of Additional police at certain places

40. Dispersal of gangs

41. Removal of persons about to commit offence

42. Removal of persons convicted of certain offences

43. Period of operation of orders under section 40, 41 or 42

44. Hearing to be given before order under section 40, 41 or 42 is made

45. Appeal

46. Certain orders of Police Commissioner or Government not to be called in question

47. Procedure on failure of person to leave Metropolitan Area and his entry therein after removal

48. Penalty for refusal to serve as auxiliary police-officer

49. Penalty for making false statement, etc.

50. Penalty for misconduct of police-officer

51. Penalty for contravention of section 14

52. Penalty for neglect or refusal to deliver up certificate of appointment, etc.

53. Penalty for unlawful entry and search by police-officer

54. Penalty for vexatious search, detention, etc., by police-officer

55. Penalty for personal violence, threat, etc., by police-officer

56. Penalty for detention in custody beyond a certain period

57. Penalty for unauthorised use of police uniform

58. Penalty for contravention of regulations under section 26

59. Penalty for contravention of directions under section 28

60. Penalty for contravention of prohibition under section 29

61. Penalty for contravention of order under section 30

62. Penalty for contravention of prohibition under section 31

63. Penalty for contravention of order under section 33

64. Penalty for contravention of order under section 40, 41 or 42

65. Penalty for entering without permission

66. Penalty for failure to conform to directions of police-officer

67. Penalty for wrong driving and violation of traffic-regulations

68. Penalty for wrong parking

69. Penalty for obstructing a footway

70. Penalty for causing obstruction in street or public places

71. Penalty for exposing anything for sale contrary to regulation

72. Penalty for letting loose any animal

73. Penalty for exposing animal or vehicle for hire or sale, etc.

74. Penalty for making or repairing vehicle in street or public place

74A. Penalty for keeping or storing building materials or other articles in street or public place

75. Penalty for slaughtering animal or cleaning a carcass

76. Penalty for soliciting for purposes of prostitution

77. Penalty for indecent behaviour in public

78. Penalty for teasing women

79. Penalty for obstructing or annoying passengers in streets

80. Penalty for misbehaviour with intent to provoke a breach of peace

81. Penalty for exhibiting mimetic, musical or other performance, etc.

82. Penalty for committing nuisance in or near street, etc.

83. Penalty for begging and exposing offensive ailments

84. Penalty for bathing or washing in places not set apart for the purpose

85. Penalty for smoking and spitting in contravention of a notice

86. Penalty for wilful trespass

87. Penalty for false alarm of fire or damage to fire-alarm

88. Penalty for being found under suspicious circumstances between sunset and sunrise

89. Penalty for carrying weapon without authority

90. Penalty for possession of property of which no satisfactory account can be given

91. Penalty for taking liquor, etc., into hospital, etc.

92. Penalty for omission by pawn-brokers, etc., to report to police possession of stolen property

93. Penalty for melting, etc., of such property

94. Penalty for gambling in street

95. Penalty for permitting disorderly conduct at places of public amusement

96. Penalty for selling admission tickets at higher price

97. Penalty for allowing cattle to stray in street or trespass upon property

98. Penalty for affixing bills or otherwise defacing building, etc.

99. Penalty for lighting fires, discharging guns or letting off fire-works

100. Abetment of offences

101. Offences committed by firms, etc.

102. Cognizance of offences

103. Power of arrest without warrant

104. Disposal of certain specified cases

105. Power of police-officer to impose penalty in certain cases

106. Prosecution for offences under other laws not affected

107. Regulations, orders, etc., not invalidated by defect of form or irregularity in procedure

108. Indemnity

109. Limitation of legal proceedings

110. Public notices how to be given

111. Stamping of signature

112. Power of Government to include or exclude areas in or from Metropolitan Area

113. Power to make rules

114. Amendment of certain laws