TANGAIL KILLING : Writ petition seeks judicial inquiry

Staff Correspondent

A writ petition was filed on Monday seeking a High Court directive for a judicial inquiry, led by a sitting or former Supreme Court judge, into killing of four people in police firing on protesters at Kalihati in Tangail on Friday.
Four youths were killed as police on September 18 fired live bullets on protesters against torture on a woman and her day-labour son stripping them naked by an influential local on allegation that his wife eloped with the day labour.
The petitioner, Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association executive
director Salma Ali, also prayed for protection for the victims and stopping further harassment of the protesters by the police.
The vacation bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Zafar Ahmed heard the petitioner’s lawyer Fawzia Karim and attorney general Mahbubey Alam and adjourned the hearing till September 30.
Fawzia argued that there was a violation of rights of citizens as police fired protesters leaving four people killed and many others injured and harassing innocent police filling two cases against unnamed villagers.
Referring to newspaper reports, she argued that the local people were staging protests as one Rafiqul Islam and his brother-in-law picked up a day labour and his mother from his house at Ghatail upazila to Rafiqul’s house at Kalihati upazila on September 15 and tortured the day labour and his mother stripping them naked on allegation that Rafiqul’s wife eloped with the day labour.
The court asked Fawzia whether the court could order the government to form any judicial inquiry commission under the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1956.
The act stipulates, ‘The government may, if it is of opinion that it is necessary so to do, by notification in the official gazette, appoint a Commission of Inquiry for the purpose of making an inquiry into any definite matter of public importance…’
The court also asked the attorney general what actually happened on the day.
The attorney general informed that a local mediation was arranged at a village over extra-marital relation of a lady with a Hindu young man of neighbouring village.
The youth and his mother were stripped naked at the arbitration which enraged the villagers who took to the street and police opened fire to keep law and order, the attorney general contended.
He argued that the court could summon those who had arranged the arbitration as the Supreme Court had banned such arbitrations.

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