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Police find no flaws of on-duty police

Update : 30 Mar 2015, 07:55 PM

A three-member police probe committee formed to look into the allegations of negligence by law enforcers during the attack on science writer and secular blogger Avijit Roy and his wife at TSC intersection on February 26 has found “no fault” of the on-duty police personnel.

“The probe body did not find any fault of the police during their duty hours but it is mentioned in the report that there was coordination problem,” DMP Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune last night.

“When the incident occurred, there was a huge rush of vehicles while the spot was dark too. The murder spot was not visible from the police check post, located about 250 feet away.”

The report was submitted a week ago, he added.

However, the probe committee earlier said some on-duty officials had not performed their duties properly at the time of the attack.

Avijit and his wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya, both US citizens, came under attack around 9pm on February 26 at the TSC roundabout on the Dhaka University campus. Avijit succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital some hours after the attack. Bonya was also injured in the attack.

The Detective Branch of police is dealing with the case together with US investigating agency FBI.

Avijit’s father Prof Ajoy Roy has expressed discontent over the probe findings.

“If a probe is conducted by the police on the acts of other police members, then it is evident that they will not be able to find any fault. The probe body should have included civil society representatives or judges,” he told the Dhaka Tribune.

It was earlier reported by the Dhaka Tribune that a total of five police teams had been on duty around the site of the murder.

Among the officials, Sub-Inspector Waheduzzaman, also in-charge of Nilkhet police outpost, SI Mozibur Rahman and SI Hafizul Islam were in the TSC area, while SI Daud Hossain was near Shahbagh. There was also a patrol team in the area. 

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