The home ministry on Wednesday transferred Cox’s Bazar police superintendent ABM Masud Hossain to Rajshahi, a week after a court had rejected a plea to include him as a suspect in the case over the killing of retired army major Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan.
Masud, who was made Rajshahi superintendent of police, is among six senior officials of Bangladesh Police who were transferred.
On September 10, Cox’s Bazar senior judicial magistrate Tamanna Farah rejected the application filed by complainant and Sinha’s sister Sharmin Sharia Ferdous seeking the inclusion of Masud in the case she had filed following the killing of Sinha in police firing.
Sharmin’s lawyer Mohammad Mostafa argued that Masud had continued to create obstacles to the investigation and alleged that he had written 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.
Masud denied the allegation and said that he had responded to the letter of prisons authorities over granting facilities to two ‘Class-I officers’ who were entitled to enjoy privilege inside the prisons as under trial prisoners.
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 so far arrested 14, including 11 police personnel.
The home ministry on Wednesday also transferred Khulna Metropolitan Police commissioner Khandker Lutful Kabir to Gazipur Metropolitan Police as its commissioner. Special Branch deputy inspector general of police Md Masudur Rahman Bhuiyan will replace Lutful Kabir in Khulna.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner Muntasirul Islam was made Jhenaidah police superintendent while Jhenaidah police superintendent Md Hasanuzzaman was sent to Cox’s Bazar to replace Masud.
Rajshahi police superintendent Md Shaidullah was sent to DMP as a deputy commissioner.
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