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11 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Crime graph on rise in Tangail

At least 258 crime incidents, including 52 murders, have been reported in the past 10 months.
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Crime graph on rise in Tangail

Tangail: The district has witnessed a spurt in crime with at least 258 incidents, including 52 murders, being reported in the past 10 months. Most of the crimes pertained to family feuds, financial discords, land disputes, drug trade conflicts, repression of women, and extramarital relationships.

According to police data, 152 persons have been charged for murder in the past 10 months. Of them, 67 were arrested and 61 have been absconding. Among the various crimes reported from the 12 upazilas of Tangail in recent times, the most sensational was the Rupa rape and murder case.

However, rights activists and victims’ families have accused law enforcers of tardy investigation in several cases. They alleged police did not submit chargesheets in many cases.

One such instance of alleged police failure is the murder of school teacher Anil Kumar Das and his wife Kalpana Das in their home at Rasulpur in Sadar upazila in July 2017.

The couple’s son, Nirmal Kumar Das, alleged that police were yet to pinpoint the motive and identify the murderers.

Similarly, police investigators have failed to arrest the killers of Nupur, a housewife, of Pathrail in Delduwar upazila. On the other hand, the police have cracked the sensational FF Farook Hossain murder case, but the trial has been hanging for a long time.

The victims’ families have formed human chains and submitted memorandums to the administration to demand speedy trials and justice. They alleged that the accused secure bail from higher courts and then threaten the plaintiffs to withdraw the cases.

Human rights activist advocate S Akbor Khan said criminals exploit the loopholes in law to come out of jail and delay the judgment process. “As a result, crimes reoccur. Human rights are being violated. This is a barrier to the development of society and the country,” he added.

Zohurul Islam Khan, chairman of the criminology and police science department of Moulana Bhashani University of Science and Technology, recommended: “Political commitment, strict implementation of law, police patrolling, and dynamism and sincerity of the judiciary can check the rising crime graph.”

SP (Tangail) Mahbubul Alam PPM told The Independent sensational cases were being investigated properly. “Police are arresting the criminals, but many of them exploit the loopholes in law to secure bail from courts,” he said.

The SP, however, assured that there was no need to panic. “The law and order situation in the district is under control,” he added.

 

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