Police investigation, 22 years on

Saydia Gulrukh | Published: 00:05, Jun 12,2018 | Updated: 00:24, Jun 12,2018


ON JUNE 12, 1996, Kalpana Chakma’s elder brother Kalindi Kumar Chakma, a witness, files abduction case against three named and 7/8 unnamed under section 364 (abduction with intention of wrongful confinement and murder). Baghaichari thana omits all named accused: Lt Ferdous Kawsar Khan, VDP member Saleh Ahmed and Nurul Huq from FIR; registers case against 10/12 unnamed accused. 

September 9, 1996
Home ministry forms judicial enquiry commission to investigate Kalpana Chakma’s abduction under Commission of Inquiry Act 1957; commission composed of retired Supreme Court Judge M Abdul Jalil, then commissioner of Chittagong division M Sakhawat Hossain, and Chittagong University sociology professor Anupam Sen. Report (submitted on February 27, 1997) concludes Kalpana Chakma was ‘willingly or unwillingly’ abducted, it was not possible for commission to identify abductor(s) for lack of witnesses and evidence.

May 21, 2010
Investigation officer of Baghaichari thana Sub-Inspector M Faruque Ahmed submits investigation report. It states since abduction occurred 14 years ago, all 34 investigation officers despite their best efforts, have failed to rescue or identify her location; have not been able to identify her abductors either.

September 2, 2010
Rangamati Chief Judicial magistrate orders Criminal Investigation Department in Chittagong to further investigate abduction as Kalindi Kumar Chakma expresses ‘no confidence’ in police investigation report.

September 26, 2012
CID investigation officer Inspector Shahidullah submits his report confirming Kalpana Chakma was ‘abducted’ but police have failed to locate her or find her abductor. Kalindi Kumar Chakma expresses ‘no confidence’ again. Court rejects report for being ‘flawed’, ‘incomplete,’ adds, investigators have not interviewed three primary accused.

January 13, 2013
Rangamati Chief Judicial magistrate denies Kalindi Kumar Chakma’s prayer for a ‘judicial enquiry,’ orders Superintendent of Police of Rangamati to reinvestigate case.

December 22, 2013
Rangamati Superintendent of Police Amina Begum seeks court’s permission to collect DNA samples from Kalpana Chakma’s brothers, on grounds that if victim is rescued in foreseeable future, physical recognition by law enforcing agencies would not be possible because she would have aged.

September 7, 2016
Rangamati Superintendent of Police Sayed Tarikul Hasan submits investigation report stating rumors regarding Kalpana Chakma’s disappearance (was in hiding, had gone elsewhere) were baseless, she has been abducted but since she herself is witness to her abduction, no progress can be made until her return. Prosecutor appeals for court to close case until new evidence emerges.

October 19, 2016
Plaintiff Kalindi Kumar Chakma files petition expressing ‘no confidence’ in latest probe report.

Later developments
- Court orders prosecution to produce videotape made by judicial inquiry commission and news reports published in Bengali dailies Bhorer Kagoj and Sangbad on June 23, 1996 and June 24, 1996.
No hearing has taken place since.

Timeline constructed by Saydia Gulrukh

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