Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia on Monday questioned whether a tear gas canister lobbed by on-duty policemen, who were trying to disperse a demonstration staged by students of Dhaka University-affiliated colleges demanding exam schedule, actually inflicted injuries in Siddiqur Rahman’s eyes, reports Bangla Tribune.
Siddiqur Rahaman, a third-year student of Titumir College, was injured on July 21 in a demonstration he took part in with fellow students of seven affiliated colleges.
The DMP commissioner along with Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader visited Siddiqur on Monday afternoon at the National Institute of Ophthalmology (NIO).
While talking to reporters there, the DMP chief said that if a gas canister had hit Siddiqur, not only his eyes but also his nose and parts of his face would have been damaged.
“Only his eyes have been injured, and not the nose. Hence, we are carrying out an investigation into the matter,” he said.
The police are investigating whether Siddiqur was actually hit by a tear gas canister or if his injury was caused by some other means.
The Dhaka police chief termed the Shahbagh incident “sad” and said the investigators so far have found two narratives of the incident.
In reply to a query on whether Siddiqur's eyes were injured by teargas shells, Obaidul said: "It is an allegation. Police have formed a three-member committee to look into the matter.”
Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Haque has said if the probe committee finds that any police officers are at fault, then action will be taken against them.
He made the statement while answering reporters’ questions after a Kabaddi award ceremony on Monday evening.
When asked about the case, the IGP said there is no scheme for withdrawing the case. Rather, instructions have been given to ensure the case is properly supervised and investigated.
When asked about police who get carried away when discharging their responsibilities at different times, the IGP said: “The police force is a big one and it is not possible to monitor everyone here. We have left instructions so that no one gets over-excited while doing their work. Action is being taken against those who do so.”
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Siddiqur to be sent to Chennai
The government will send Siddiqur to Chennai for better treatment, stated a press release disclosed on Monday.
Health Minister Mohammed Nasim asked Professor Golam Mostafa, Director of National Institute of Ophthalmology (NIO), to provide Siddiqur with the best treatment to bring back his eyesight, the release said.
Part of this story was originally published in the Bangla Tribune