Major Sinha killing: Ex-OC Pradeep, 8 others land in jail

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Cox’s Bazar, Aug 06: A Cox’s Bazar court has sent former Teknaf police OC Pradeep Kumar Das and eight other policemen to jail after turning down their bail petitions over the killing of retired Bangladesh Army Major Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan in a reported police firing.

The court of Senior Judicial Magistrate Helal Uddin passed the order on Thursday following the surrender of the accused, including key accused Inspector Liakat Ali.

Earlier in day, the OC Pradeep, Inspector Liakat and seven others were taken to the court.

Pradeep, who was taken into custody by the Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) on Thursday, was brought to the Cox’s Bazar Senior Judicial Magistrate’s Court at around 5pm.

The eight others, including Inspector Liakat, were brought to the same court at around 4:30pm.

Additional members of law enforcement agencies were deployed in the court premises. A large number of people thronged the Deputy Commissioner’s Office compound when the accused were taken to the court.

Teknaf police station recorded the murder case against former OC Pradeep Kumar Das and eight others, after the court ordered their arrests.

The case was recorded under Sections 302, 201 and 34 of the Penal Code late on Wednesday.

“The case was recorded under a non-bailable clause. However, according to the law, it is not an arrest warrant. Only the court can issue an arrest warrant, but in this case the Teknaf police was ordered to record the case only, therefore some confusion was created and everybody thought that an arrest warrant was issued as well,” said Advocate Ayasur Rahman, former general secretary of Cox’s Bazar District Bar Association.

“However, the investigators can arrest the accused anytime in the interest of the case,” he added.

According to the case statement, Sinha’s sister Sharmin Shahria Firdaus accused nine people including Teknaf police station OC Pradip, Baharchhara Check-post In-Charge Liakat, Sub-inspector Nanda Dulal Rakkhit, and Tutul, ASI Liton Miah, Constable Safanur Karim, Kamal Hossain, Md Abdullah Al Mamun, and Md Mostafa.

Judicial Magistrate Tamanna Farha ordered the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) to investigate the incident and directed Teknaf police station to file the case as a deposition.

On Friday night, Sinha was killed in police firing at the Cox’s Bazar Marine Drive.

According to the case statement, Baharchhara Check-post In-Charge Inspector Liakat and Sub-Inspector Nanda Dulal Rakkhit challenged the retired major Sinha and his associate — who were visiting the area to shoot a documentary.

Sinha and his associate, Sifat, a videographer, were dragged off their vehicle despite providing their respective identities. The police officers then fired at Sinha, killing him on the spot.

After the murder, the police officers also filed two fake cases against the Sinha and others to frame them as drug dealers, said Sharmin Shahria Firdaus, Sinha’s sister.

“Not only did they kill my brother, but they have also mutilated his dead body to make him unrecognizable,” added the plaintiff of the case.

On Wednesday night, OC Pradeep was withdrawn from duty as the officer-in-charge of Teknaf police station over the incident.

Two people were arrested and two separate cases were filed in this regard, Superintendent of Police ABM Masud Hossain said on Saturday.

The authorities on Sunday also suspended 16 police officers, including Inspector Liakat.

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