Suspended Teknaf police station OC Pradeep then demanded Tk50 lakh as a bribe from the family of those deceased
A murder case has been filed against 41 people with the Cox’s Bazar Senior Judicial Magistrate Court, including the recently suspended OC of Teknaf police station, Pradeep Kumar Das.
Of the accused, a total of 35 are police officials.
The case was filed on Monday by a woman called Sultana Razia Munni whose husband Sayed Alam, brother-in-law Nurul Alam, and nephew, Ansar member Abdul Monaf, were killed in a reported gunfight in May.
Cox's Bazar Senior Judicial Magistrate Court 3 Judge Md Helal Uddin, after a hearing, directed Teknaf police station to look for any other case lodged over the incident and inform the court within September 15.
Didarul Islam, the plaintiff lawyer, confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.
According to the case statement, at around 2am on May 6, a police team led by Pradeep detained Sayed, Nurul, and Monaf from their home.
Suspended Teknaf police station OC Pradeep then demanded Tk50 lakh as a bribe from the family of those deceased.
Later the same day, the three were killed in a “gunfight” by Pradeep after the family refused to provide the money.
The extrajudicial killings happening under the jurisdiction of Pradeep Kumar Das recently gained nationwide attention after Major (retd) Sinha was shot dead at a police check post on Marine Drive Road between Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf on the night of July 31.
On August 5, Sinha’s sister Sharmin Shahriar Ferdous filed a case with the Senior Judicial Magistrate Court of Teknaf against nine policemen, including Pradeep and Liakat.
On August 6, seven of the accused surrendered in court, which sent them to jail after scrapping their bail pleas.
Pradeep Kumar Das, inspector Liakat Ali, and Nanda Dulal were taken into RAB custody for questioning on August 18.