RAB to seize Nanda’s pistol too

RAB to seek 7-day fresh remand for Pradeep, Liyakat, Nanda today

Muktadir Rashid | Published: 00:34, Aug 24,2020


The Rapid Action Battalion investigator said on Sunday that they would also seize the official pistol of  suspect Nanda Duala Rakshit over the shooting death of retired army major Sinha Md Rashed Khan on July 31.

RAB case Investigation officer Khairul Islam told New Age that they seized a number of things on Sunday and would also seize the weapon issued against Nanda Dulal Rakshit.

Nanda was a sub-inspector at the Baharchhara police investigation centre, who filed a murder case and a drug-related case following the shooting death of the retired major.

He also said that they would be sending the pistols, issued against police officers Liyakat Ali and Nanda Dulal, to the Criminal Investigation Department shortly for a ballistic test to confirm which gun was used and by whom.

A senior police official in Cox’s Bazar said that they were yet to receive any court order for handing over Nanda Dulal’s weapon.

The police said that the pistol used by prime suspect Inspector Md Liyakat Ali, who was the in-charge of Baharchhara Police Investigation Centre in Cox’s Bazar, was already seized by the RAB investigator.

According to the police record, Liyakat on August 3 submitted his pistol to the police lines with 26 live bullets along with a letter stating that four bullets were used on July 31 in the shooting incident and he used it in ‘self defence’.

Not only Liyakat but also suspects Pradeep Kumar Das and sub-inspector Nanda Dulal Rakshit submitted their weapons to the police lines with their documents.

The RAB investigator said that they were still collecting other scientific evidence and examining each piece of the information revealed by the suspects in custody over the killing.

He added that they were still examining the information revealed by the six suspects who were in the custody, including then Teknaf police station officer-in-charge Pradeep Kumar Das.

The RAB official said that Pradeep, Liyakat and Nanda Dulal were still in their custody. The seven-day custody was to expire yesterday.

‘We will produce them before the court tomorrow (Monday) and will seek seven more days for them in custody,’ said the investigating officer on Sunday.

An extended interrogation by the RAB might delay the government inquiry committee to submit their report as they were waiting to interrogate Pradeep independently, a committee member said.

The government committee was scheduled to place their report by August 31.

RAB interrogators on Saturday took three Armed Police Battalion members into their custody according to an order passed by senior judicial magistrate Tamanna Farah on July 18 in connection with the murder case filed by Sinha’s sister Sharmin Shahria Firdaus on August 5.

The investigators said that Cox’s Bazar-based APBn members — sub-inspector Shah Jahan and constables Rajib and Abdullah — were posted at the check post in the night when Sinha was shot dead.

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