Pallabi Police Station Blast

Probe blames inefficiency, mismanagement

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:14, Aug 11,2020


Mismanagement and inefficiency of police officials resulted in explosion of a bomb inside the Pallabi police station compound leaving five people, including four policemen injured, a police probe finds.

The three-member investigation committee formed by the Dhaka Metropolitan Police to probe the blast, taken place on July 29, submitted its report on Monday, the committee head and DMP joint commissioner (operations) Monir Hossain said.

The team of Pallabi police station should not have taken bombs inside the compound after recovery from the Kalshi graveyard, said the report.

Explosives must be neutralised at the place of recovery in order to avoid any accidents, said DMP officials.

Pallabi police also failed to handle the bombs properly, resulting in explosion of one of the bombs, said the probe report.

They even did not inform bomb disposal unit in time.

The report also said that the supervising officers, including deputy commissioner of the Mirpur Division, Mostak Ahmed, and officer-in-charge of the Pallabi police station Nazrul Islam, had failed to give proper instructions.

Six officials, including Mostak and Nazrul Islam, were later transferred on Saturday.

After the blast, police brushed aside suspicion of any extremist link. International extremist organisation Islamic State claimed responsibility of the blast.

The DMP formed the three-member probe body asking it to submit report by seven days. The committee was asked to gather details about the explosion and determine nature of the bomb and find its source.

DMP commissioner Shafiqul Islam on Monday told reporters that he got the report from the probe body but was yet to go through the details.

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