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NHRC: Law enforcers abusing power

  • Published at 07:38 pm March 5th, 2015

Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission Prof Mizanur Rahman has observed that the law enforcement agencies are misusing power in some cases.

“We have always asked the law enforcers to act cautiously in their moves to control law and order. But still some incidents are taking place which cannot be termed legal in any way,” he told reporters after a meeting with newly-appointed Chief Justice SK Sinha at the Supreme Court yesterday.

The NHRC chief said they had got some complaints both in writing and over the phone. In some cases, the law enforcers were blamed for producing arrestees before courts two-three days after detention.

As per the law, police have to place a detainee before court or a magistrate within 24 hours.

Prof Mizanur said the law enforcers in some cases were planting petrol bombs beside the body of a deceased to claim that the victims of “gunfight” were arsonists or criminals. “Such deaths cannot be accepted.

“Until the law enforcement agencies can prove that they had no other option but to shoot, such deaths of accused will be termed extra-judicial killings. People responsible for such deaths should be brought to the book,” he added.

About arrest and search operation, the NHRC chairman said: “We have always said no citizen should be arrested by law enforcers in plain clothes. If it is required to arrest someone, at least two local people should be present as witnesses so that the families can know whereabouts of the persons detained.”

During the meeting, Prof Mizanur urged the chief justice to provide necessary support from the judiciary in order to promoting independent and strong activities by the NHRC.

“The commission also requires changes in its law to work independently,” he told reporters adding that Chief Justice Sinha had assured him of extending cooperation.