Fire at Santal homes: HC orders to withdraw Gaibandha SP, involved policemen

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Dhaka, February 7: The High Court on Tuesday ordered withdrawal of Gaibandha police superintendent and actions against involved policemen for setting Santal homes ablaze in November last year.
An HC bench comprising Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice Krishna Debnath ordered the home secretary to withdraw the police official at once for ‘inaction’ during the incident.
The home secretary, public administration secretary, inspector general of police, and deputy inspector general of Rangpur range, were directed to withdraw the policemen who were at scene of the torching on November 6 last year.
The order came following a writ petition filed by Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), Broti and Association for Land Reform Development (ALRD) in this regard.
On November 6, at least 25 people were injured in a clash between indigenous people and labourers as well as police at Shahebganj sugarcane farm of Rangpur Sugar Mills in Gobindaganj upazila over land dispute.
At least two people of the ethnic community died following the clash.