POLICE investigation is said to be sluggish whenever entities, individuals or groups, named to have stood in conflict with the law appear to be powerful, politically or financially. In the latest such incident, the family of Mosarrat Jahan Munia, who was found dead hanging from the ceiling in a flat at Gulshan in Dhaka on April 26, comes to express dissatisfaction about slow or no progress in the case that the victim’s sister filed against the managing director of the Bashundhara Group on charges of abetting the suicide of the victim. The family, which claims that there is evidence in support of the claim of abetment in the suicide, alleges that the police were reluctant at investigating the death since the accused is an influential businessman. Two days after the recovery of the body, the police said that the victim had been in a relationship with the managing director of the group for two year and the businessman often visited her in the flat at Gulshan. The police also seized six diaries of the victim which the victim’s sister says contain the description, in crucial evidence, of how the victim was psychologically tormented by the accused.
The investigators say that they have so far recorded statements of seven people in connection with the incident but they are yet to interrogate the only accused, the managing director of the business group. A court has meanwhile ordered a ban on any foreign travel of the accused in the case of the abetment of suicide. The police are also reported to have declined to make public the whereabouts of the accused but have confirmed that he has not left the country. The victim’s sister is, meanwhile, reported to have received death threats for which she has lodged a general diary with the police in Cumilla and the family is yet to get any police protection. The police are also reported to have said that there has been no update in the case but that the police are investigating the case. The lone accused having been inside the country and the police not interrogating him have naturally given rise to speculations that the investigation has been sluggish as the accused enjoys clout, political or financial. The speculations may not be entirely true. But the police should learn to view crimes as crimes than anything else. If the police fail to do this, efforts to deter crimes on part of the law enforcement agencies could in the long run be quite difficult.
While the police must, therefore, carry out the investigation at the required pace and in earnest to crack the incident in the interest of the rule of law, the government must also not lay its hands on the state of affairs so that justice could be meted out to all the quarters involved. Any failure in this could trample the rule of law beyond reparations.
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