No arrest warrant has been issued against the accused, but investigators can arrest them anytime
Teknaf police station has recorded the murder case against its Officer-in-Charge (OC) Pradeep Kumar Das and eight others, after an order was issued by the Cox’s Bazar Senior Judicial Magistrate's Court over the killing of Major (retd) Sinha Md Rashed Khan in Teknaf.
The case was recorded under Sections 302, 201 and 34 of the Penal Code at around 10pm on Wednesday.
Dhaka Tribune tried tried calling the new Teknaf OC, SB Doha, over his mobile phone for further comments, but he was unreachable.
“The case was recorded under a non-bailable clause. However, according to the law, it is not an arrest warrant. Only the court can issue an arrest warrant, but in this case the Teknaf police was ordered to record the case only, therefore some confusion was created and everybody thought that an arrest warrant was issued as well," said advocate Ayasur Rahman, former general secretary of Cox’s Bazar District Bar Association.
“However, the investigators can arrest the accused at anytime in the interest of the case,” he added.
According to the case statement, Sinha’s sister Sharmin Shahria Firdaus accused nine people including Teknaf police station OC Pradip, Baharchhara Check-post In-Charge Liakat, Sub-inspector Nanda Dulal Rakkhit, and Tutul, ASI Liton Miah, Constable Safanur Karim, Kamal Hossain, Md Abdullah Al Mamun, and Md Mostafa.
Judicial Magistrate Tamanna Farha ordered the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) to investigate the incident and directed Teknaf police station to file the case as a deposition.
Earlier on Friday night, Sinha was killed in police firing in Cox's Bazar Marine Drive.
According to the case statement, Baharchhara Check-post In-Charge Liakat and SI Nanda Dulal Rakkhit challenged the retired major Sinha and his associate -- who were visiting the area to shoot a documentary.
Sinha and his associate, Sifat, a videographer, were dragged off their vehicle despite providing their respective identities. The police officers then fired at Sinha, killing him on the spot.
After the murder, the police officers also filed two fake cases against the Sinha and others to frame them as drug dealers, said Sharmin Shahria Firdaus, Sinha’s sister.
“Not only did they kill my brother, but they have also mutilated his dead body to make him unrecognizable,” added the plaintiff of the case.
On Wednesday night, OC Pradip was withdrawn from duty as the officer-in-charge of Teknaf police station over the incident.
Two people were arrested and two separate cases were filed in this regard, Superintendent of Police ABM Masud Hossain said on Saturday.
The authorities on Sunday also suspended 16 police officers, including the in-charge of Baharchhara police outpost Liakat.