HC issues contempt rule against city’s 4 OCs for not clearing footpaths

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Dhaka, November 7: The High Court (HC) on Monday issued a contempt-of-court rule against four police officers-in-charge for not implementing its order to clear roads and footpaths from Zero Point to Sadarghat in the capital from illegal establishments.

An HC bench comprising Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice Kazi Md  Ejarul Haque Akondo issued the rule asking why legal steps should not be taken against them after hearing a petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB).

The court also asked the authorities concerned to explain the matter within two weeks

The accused OCs are Nur-e-Alam, officers-in-charge of Bangshal, Asharaf Uddin of Sutrapur, Abul Hasan of Kotwali and Abu Bakar Siddique of Shahbagh Police Station on Sunday.

On February 26, 2012, following a writ petition filed by HRPB, the HC ordered the police to take initiatives in 48 hours to free the roads and footpaths from Zero Point to Sadarghat area in the capital to facilitate easy movement of people and vehicles.

On October 31 last, Advocate Manzill Murshid of behalf of the HRPB sent a legal notice to the OCs of the four police stations to implement the HC directive in 24 hours mentioning that there are heavy traffic jams in the roads due to illegal shops and unauthorised vehicles.