A Cox’s Bazar court on Thursday rejected an application for inclusion of district police superintendent ABM Masud Hossain as a accused in the case field for the killing of retired army major Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan in police firing on July 31.
Senior judicial magistrate Tamanna Farah passed the order few hours after hearing the application filed by complainant and Sinha’s sister Sharmin Sharia Ferdous.
Sharmin’s lawyer Mohammad Mostafa argued that Masud continued creating obstacles to the investigation and alleged that he wrote to the jail authorities to give ‘division facilities’ to two key accused suspended Teknaf police station officer-in-charge Pradeep Kumar Das and inspector Liyakat Ali.
Masud has been helping the two accused police officers since the beginning, he contended.
Detailing a set of allegation against Masud, the lawyer argued that Maus should be prosecuted on those allegations.
The complainant alleged that Masud trained prime suspect Baharchara police investigation centre in-charge inspector Liyakat Ali how to get relieved from the allegation, and sent Pradeep into medical leave.
She also said alleged that the police chief hindered the Rapid Action Battalion to conduct investigation and tried to divert the incident saying that the police intercepted Sinha on information from villagers and Sinha showed gun leading the shooting.
At about 12:30pm, the court heard the application and kept the order pending. At about 3:30pm, the magistrate rejected the application.
Public persecutor Faridul Alam said the court rejected the application saying that the investigation authorities had the rights to take action if anyone tried to obstruct the investigation.
Sinha, 36, who took early retirement from the Bangladesh Army in November 2018, was shot dead at a police checkpoint on Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf Marine Drive at Shamlapur under Teknaf upazila in Cox’s Bazar on July 31.
Sinha’s sister filed a murder case with the judicial magistrate court in Cox’s Bazar on August 5 accusing nine police personnel.
The RAB investigators have later arrested 13 including 10 police personnel so far.
All but Pradeep made statement before the judicial magistrate.
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