According to his complaint, the BGB team leader was issuing shooting orders to his men
An executive magistrate has allegedly been assaulted by a major of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in Savar while on duty in Savar during ongoing garment workers’ protests.
The incident took place at a factory owned by Al Muslim Group in Savar’s Ulail on Sunday morning. The magistrate, Rajibul Islam, has received first aid at Savar Upazila Health Complex.
The accused is Major Rahmat of BGB Dhaka Sector headquarters.
Savar Upazila Executive Officer (UNO) Sheikh Rasel Hasan said a BGB team was working under Executive Magistrate Rajibul Islam at the factory.
“The unwarranted incident took place while they were on duty in Ulail. The higher authorities are aware of the incident,” he said.
According to Rajibul’s complaint made to the district magistrate, BGB Major Rahmat, who was in charge of a patrol team, and Rajibul were at a room in the Al Muslim factory, where he allegedly ordered two personnel to directly shoot protesting workers if ‘situtation goes out of hand,’ adding they can inform the magistrate later.
Law enforcement personnel are required to be authorized by a magistrate before firing their weapons in these situations.
According to the complaint, Rajibul protested Major Rahmat’s command, and got assaulted by him.
Later, officials of the district administration rescued him.
Asked about the incident, BGB Public Relations Officer Mohsin Reza told the Bangla Tribune that he was not aware of it.