The High Court Division on Monday summoned the officer-in-charge of Banshkhali police station to appear in person on April 5 to explain why he did not record a case against 29 accused who killed a man for taking part in protests against construction of a power plant at Banshkhali, Chittagong, by S Alam Group.
On February 1, Mohammad Ali, 35, was killed in clashes between villagers during a meeting with local officials for determining compensations owners would get for acquisition of their land for the power plant of the S Alam Group.
The court also asked the government and the police to explain why non-acceptance of the case filed by Mohammad Ali’s widow Rumi Akhter would not be declared illegal and why they would not be directed to record the case she had filed on February 2 against 29 accused.
Respondents, the home secretary, the inspector general of police, deputy commissioner and superintendent of police of Chittagong, the OC of Banshkhali police station and the upazila nirbahi officer of Banshkhali, were asked to reply to the rule in four weeks.
A bench of Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice AKM Zahirul Hoque passed the order after hearing a writ petition of Rumi Akhter.
The petitioner said that Banshkhali police station recorded a murder case against 150 to 200 unnamed accused instead of recording her complaint as the First Information Report.
In April 2016, four villagers were killed in clashes with police that took place during the villagers protests against the construction of the coal fired power plant by S Alam Group.
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