Friday, August 7th, 2020

Steps in Sinha murder will be taken as per probe body’s advice: Home Minister

Published 9:26 pm | August 07, 2020

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Online Desk ; Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said none involved in retired Major Sinha’s killing would be spared.

“Mystery behind the killing is expected to be unfolded after receiving the inquiry committee’s report. The government will take steps on the basis of the recommendations of the inquiry committee. Those who will be found guilty will face punishment,” he said while addressing a press conference at his Dhanmondi residence in the capital on Friday morning.

Terming the killing of Major Sinha “very unfortunate,” the Home Minister said none found involved in the killing wouldn’t be spared. Action would also be taken against Cox’s Bazar’s SP (police super) if anything else is found against him.

When his attention was drawn to the students (now in jail) who went with Major (Retd) Sinha from Dhaka, Asaduzzaman Khan said, “We’re also aware of this issue. We hope that the inquiry committee will also make recommendation about them. Decision will be taken after going through the recommendations of the inquiry committee.”

It may be mentioned that 36-year-old former Army officer Major (Retd) Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan was killed in police firing at Shamlapur Police Checkpost of Baharchhara union of Teknaf Marine Drive of Cox’s Bazar at night on July 31 last. Baharchhara Police Outpost’s in-charge Inspector Liakat Ali fired at Major (Retd) Sinha. The slain army official was buried at the military graveyard in Dhaka. Twenty policemen including Inspector Liakat Ali were closed (withdrawn). A completely new team of policemen were posted at Baharchhara Police Outpost.

Besides, Teknaf Police Station officer-in-charge Pradeep Kumar Das was withdrawn on Wednesday (August 5). Second officer Inspector ABM Doha was given the charge of Teknaf Police Station.

Pleading for justice into the killing, Sinha’s eldest sister Sharmin Sharia Ferdousi filed a case with Cox’s Bazar Senior Judicial Magistrate Tamanna Farha’s court on Wednesday accusing nine police personnel for the killing of her brother. Taking the case into cognizance, the court ordered the Teknaf Police Station OC to record the case as a murder one.

Besides, the court asked the Teknaf Police Station to inform the court about the progress into the investigation within seven working days.

The complainant’s lawyers Anwarul Kabir Babul and Mohammad Mostofa said the court also directed the Cox’s Bazar RAB-15 Batalion Commander Azim Ahmed to investigate the case.

Inspector Liakat Ali of Baharchhara Police Outpost’s in-charge has been made prime accused in the case statement, while Teknaf Police Station OC Pradeep Kumar Das made accused No. 2. Seven other accused are SI Nanda Dulal Rakshit, constable Shafanur Karim, constable Kamal Hossain, constable Md Abdullah Al Mamun, ASI Liton Mia, SI Tutul and constable Md Mostofa.

Except SI Tutul and constable Mostofa, the rest seven accused have been brought under the jurisdiction of law. Among them, OC Pradeep Kumar Das, Inspector Liakat Ali and SI Nanda Dulal Rakshit were taken on a seven-day remand by RAB-15 on Thursday night at the directive of the Cox’s Bazar Judicial Magistrate Mohammad Helal Uddin’s court. The rest four will be questioned at the jail gate.

Those who will be questioned at the jail gate are implicated accused cosntable Safanur Karim, constable Kamal Hossain, constable Md Abdullah Al Mamun and ASI Liton Mia.

Besides, two other accused SI Tutul and constable Mostofa have remained absconding. Arrest warrants have been issued against both of them.

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