Shyamnagar police station’s officer-in-charge Habil Hossain on Tuesday recorded a robbery case against nine activists of ruling Awami League, hours after the High Court Division scolded OCs for showing the audacity of refusing to record cases.
Plaintiff Abul Kashem Sardar of Sora, Shyamnagar, told New Age that on Wednesday morning three out of nine accused took away the fence of his house one day after the OC recorded the robbery case against the nine AL men who are followers of AL leader and Union Parishad member Nuruzzaman.
Though Kashem informed the OC about the incident when the attack was in progress police was sent after the attackers had left, said the plaintiff.
On the night of March 15, the nine AL men, some of whom are his neighbours and two are his step brothers trespassed in his house by demolishing the boundary wall, beat his wife and looted gold jewelry and cash in a sequel to old disputes over land ownership.
On March 16, Kashem went to the police station to file the case but OC did not record the case.
On Tuesday, OC Habil recorded the case within hours of the High Court Division reprimanding OCs for their refusal to record cases, but the OC mentioned the time of recording the case as 8 AM, that is four hours before the court scolded the OCs for such habitual negligence of duty.
Shaken over the scolding by the court, OC Habil requested Ramjannagar union parishad’s chairman Sheikh Al Mamun to bring plaintiff Kashem.
After Kashem came to the police station at 2.30 PM on Tuesday on request of the UP chairman, the OC took his signature on a reprint of his complaint, which was lost by the OC.
A bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader had on Tuesday directed assistant attorney general Mohammad Saiful Alam to inform the court by Sunday why the OC did not record the case though on inquiry Satkhira’s superintendent of police found prima facie evidence of the nine AL men demolishing the boundary wall of Kashem’s house.
The bench had also asked the assistant attorney general to submit Satkhira SP’s probe report at the next hearing on Sunday.
The bench gave the directives while hearing a writ petition filed by the plaintiff’s son Fazlul Karim who lives in the capital.
Petitioner’s lawyer Shamsul Huq Kanchan told New Age that he would request the bench to summon OC Habil to explain in person why he did not file the case until the court intervened.
He said that the delay in recording the case facilitated destruction of evidence of the crime.
At Tuesday’s hearing, the bench reprimanded OCs for not recording cases only to hold ‘illegal salish’ at police stations even at night only to extract money.
The bench said that OCs follow ‘pick and choose policy’ in recording cases and that the OCs don’t record GDs unless bribe was paid to them.
The court said that it had come to know that many police owned four or five houses.
The court wanted to know whether this country had been turned into a ‘Country of thieves’.
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