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HC: Why no security for witnesses

  • Published at 03:36 pm July 1st, 2016
HC: Why no security for witnesses
The law secretary, home secretary, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police and officer-in-charge of Chittagong's Kotwali Police Station have been asked to respond to the ruling within four weeks. The court also asked the IGP to explain why inaction in providing security for Komol Kumar Nath, a prosecution witness for a drug case, who moved a writ petition over his and his family members' insecurity on June 27, will not be declared illegal. In his petition, Komol Kumar Nath said that Kotwali Police recovered 1175 yaba tablets from alleged drug dealer Ashok Biswas and filed a case against Ashok on March 24, 2011. Komol was made a prosecution witness in the case and consequently, Ashok and his men started threatening Komol. Komol deposed before the court in 2015 and the accused later got bail. As Ashok continued giving threats, Komol lodged a petition with the court to scrap Ashok's bail and also filed a general diary with Kotwali Police Station last October. In February this year, Komol submitted an application to the IGP for security but did not get any response. Later, he filed the writ in June. After hearing the petition, High Court in the ruling asked to know why the IGP's inaction in entertaining the application for security will not be declared illegal. The court also ordered police to provide security to the petitioner and his family members until disposal of the rule. The HC bench of Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore and Justice Bhismadev Chakrabarti came up with the ruling and order yesterday.