Former Ducsu VP Nurul Haque Nur claimed none of their leaders and activists were involved in the vandalism
Police in Chittagong have said that they are scrutinizing pieces of CCTV footage to identify and apprehend suspects in connection with the recent attack on the Durga Puja pavilion at the JM Sen Hall.
On Tuesday, Chittagong city’s Kotwali police station OC Nezam Uddin said: “We have collected the CCTV footage and pictures from the day of the incident. The recently-arrested suspects were seen leading the protest procession to the Puja venue.”
Some people are trying to confuse people and divert the attention away from the investigation by questioning the integrity of the police, added the OC.
He made the remarks in response to the allegations put forth by former Ducsu VP Nurul Haque Nur, who claimed that the police were forcing the suspects to confess by threatening them with “crossfire”.
Nur held a press conference in Dhaka on Sunday after the police arrested nine members of Bangladesh Chhatra Odhikar Parishad, the organization he leads, for their alleged involvement in the attack.
He also claimed that the police had demanded Tk1 lakh from each of his men’s family, and that they had been implicated in the case for failing to pay the bribes.
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Dhaka Tribune could not get in touch with the families of the accused for a quote on the matter.
Defence lawyer Mainul Hossain Bhuiyan said: “I was hired by the organization [Bangladesh Chhatra Odhikar Parishad], so I never spoke to their family members. I don't know whether the police tried to extort money for them or not.”
Refuting the allegation of extortion and forced confession, OC Nezam Uddin said that he wanted to see the evidence. “Besides, the accused confessed before a court, not to us. The police must follow protocol,” he added.