The Cox’s Bazar jail authorities on Saturday said the Rapid Action Battalion investigators interrogated four of the seven suspects at the jail gate over the killing of retired army major Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan in police firing at a check post in Cox’s Bazar on July 31.
The jail superintendent Mokammel Hossain said that the investigators came and interrogated the four for three hours starting from 2:00pm at the jail gate in the district.
‘An officer along with his team arrived and the officer interrogate them,’ he told New Age, adding that ‘the court has allowed the RAB to interrogate the four for two days.’
He said that the RAB would take today rest of the three for seven days in custody in connection with a case filed on July 5 by the victim’s sister over the killing. The five are —Teknaf police station’s suspended officer-in-charge Pradeep Kumar Das, Baharchara Police Investigation Centre in-charge Md Liyakat Ali and sub-inspector Nanda Dulal Rakshit.
The court had sent the four other suspected policemen to jail allowing the investigators to interrogate them at the jail gate.
The RAB’s spokesman and legal and media wing director Lieutenant Colonel Ashique Billah in his office in Dhaka spoke to a section of journalists and said they started investigating the case ‘impartially’ and ‘neutrally’ to find the actual perpetrators and identify the motive.
Asked about the recently leaked telephonic conversation between Cox’s Bazar police superintendent and OC Pradeep and Inspector Liyakat moment after the shooting of the retired major, the RAB spokesperson said the telephonic conversation appeared on few media, which the RAB has noticed.
‘We are verifying those, and lawful action will be taken to this end,’ he added.
Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan, 36, who took early retirement from the Bangladesh Army in November 2018, was shot dead at a police check point on Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf Marine Drive at Shamlapur under Teknaf upazila in Cox’s Bazar on July 31.
Two of the former major’s associates — Shipra Debnath and Shahedul Islam Sifat — were also arrested in two cases following the incident.
Rashed’s eldest sister Sharmen Shahria Ferdush filed a murder case with the judicial magistrate court in Cox’s Bazar, leading the Teknaf police station to lodge a complaint.
On the complaint, the sister named nine officers and rankers of the police over the killing.
Of the seven suspects, inspector Pradeep surrendered to the Chattogram Metropolitan Police authorities in response to the murder case while the rest six, including prime suspect Baharchara Investigation Centre in-charge Md Liyakat Ali who reportedly shot dead the retired major at the check post, also surrendered to that court.
Sinha’s eldest sister Sharmen named as suspects OC Pradeep, inspector Md Liyakat Ali, sub-inspectors Nanda Dulal Rakshit and Tutul, assistant sub-inspector Liton Mia and constables Safanur Karim, Kamal Hossain, Abdullah Al Mamun and Mohammad Mostafa.
Cox’s Bazar district court police inspector Pradip Kumar Das said that against the nine suspects named by the complainant, the authorities failed to locate Tutul and Mosfata.
None were found by the name of Tutul and Mostafa after initial investigation while the public prosecutor said that the police were asked to check whether anyone named Tutul and Mostofa were stationed in Baharchara Police Investigation Centre, the RAB spokesperson added.
The RAB official also said that the arrested Shipra Debnath and Shahedul Islam Sifat were crucial witnesses for their investigation.
The police in Cox’s Bazar appointed incumbent officer-in-charge of Chandina police station at Cumilla as the OC of the Teknaf police station.
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