Probe committee recommends formation of an impartial body to investigate allegations against the police
The probe committee commissioned by the Home Ministry says in its report that Cox’s Bazar Superintendent of Police (SP) ABM Masud Hossain tried to divert the murder investigation of Major (retd) Sinha Md Rashed Khan in a different direction, by advising to characterise Sinha as a drug dealer.
Following the SP's suggestion, Pradeep and Liakat tried to make the murder of Major Sinha look like a gunfight.
According to committee sources, Major Sinha was killed on the orders of Pradeep Kumar Das. After learning about the murder, SP Masud told police officers how to pass off Sinha as a yaba dealer.
The probe committee submitted the probe report on Monday to Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal at the secretariat in Dhaka.
The committee made 13 recommendations in its probe report to avoid incidents like this in the future, sources said.
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According to the probe committee, different units of the police conduct investigations when there are complaints against the police. This sometimes raises questions about the investigation. Sometimes dishonest officers try extortion during the investigation.
So the probe committee recommended forming an impartial body under the Home Ministry to investigate the allegations against the police.
In the probe report, the committee also made recommendations to ensure the proper use of firearms by the police.
Additional Commissioner of Chittagong division, Md Mizanur Rahman, who led the probe committee, told Dhaka Tribune: “We have included everything in our report that came up in our investigation. We have nothing in our hands now. So, I don’t want to speak any further in this regard.”
Asked about the probe report, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said: “We have received the probe report. Now we are analysing what happened. We have to study issues like why this incident happened and how it happened. Besides, our law enforcement agencies are also investigatng. We will coordinate everything.”
Following the murder of Major Sinha, a four-member probe body was formed by the Home Ministry.
The probe committee recorded statements of 68 people in the course of their investigation at different locations in Cox’s Bazar.
On July 31, retired army officer Sinha was killed in police firing at the Shamlapur police check post on Marine Drive in Teknaf's Baharchhara.
Sinha was on his way back to Nilima Resort in Himchhari after filming a video on Marishbunia hill in Teknaf.
His elder sister Sharmin Shahriar Ferdous filed a murder case with the Cox's Bazar Chief Judicial Magistrate Court on August 5.