'These people are trying to influence, obstruct the ongoing legal proceedings of the case'
A vested quarter is plotting to create a rift between the country’s two top professional forces -- Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Police -- over the recent killing of Major (rtd) Sinha Md Rashed Khan.
The Bangladesh Police Service Association (BPSA) made the observation through a press release issued on Thursday.
“A group of people with a vested interest, using different social media platforms and some electronic and print media bodies, are spreading misinformation over the killing of Major (rtd) Sinha Md Rashed Khan in police firing.
“These people are trying to influence, obstruct the ongoing legal proceedings of the case. BPSA believes that such mischievous attempts are unfortunate and unexpected,” read the release.
Stating that Bangladesh Police and Bangladesh Army will work together for the welfare of the country and its people, BPSA said: “The two forces have worked together in various crisis moments of the country in the past, starting from the Liberation War, various natural disasters, and in the organization of national elections.
“We believe that the police and the army will continue working together, maintaining the continuity of the past, for the welfare of the country by keeping their morale intact.”
The statement also said that just like the entire country, every member of the police force is deeply saddened and shocked over the death of Major (rtd) Sinha.
“The Bangladesh Police is committed to taking all possible measures to prevent the recurrence of such untoward, unwanted incidents and to establish the rule of law and justice,” read the statement.
“BSPA believes that the existing trust, confidence, cordial and respectful relationship between the Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Police will remain intact as it was in the past and will be further strengthened and integrated into the greater interest of the country in the future,” added the statement.
“However, we also want to assure the people that the Bangladesh Police is not responsible for the misdeeds of an individual,” read the statement.
Earlier on July 31 around 9pm, Major (retd) Sinha was killed at Shamlapur check-post of Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf marine drive in Baharchara union.
Sifat, who was with Sinha, was arrested right after the killing and sent to jail the next day after police pressed charges against him. He was released on bail on August 10.
Major (rtd) Sinha, along with Sifat and Shipra, had gone to Cox’s Bazar to make a documentary film on travelling.
Seven police personnel, including Teknaf police station officer-in-charge Pradeep Kumar Das and Inspector Liakat Ali, were suspended in connection with the killing of Sinha.
Other suspended policemen include Sub-Inspector Nandadulal Rakshit, Assistant Sub-Inspector Liton Miya, Constables Shafanur Rahman, Kamal Hossain, and Abdullah Al Mamun.
OC Pradeep, Inspector Liakat, and SI Nandadulal Rakshit were placed on a seven-day remand while the rest were sent to jail by a court on Thursday.
They are all accused in a case filed over Sinha’s murder by his sister with a Cox’s Bazar court.
A Cox’s Bazar court remanded four more cops and three witnesses over the killing of Major (retd) Sinha on Wednesday.