POST TIME: 12 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Judicial body for action against 5 cops

Judicial body for 
action against 5 cops

A judicial enquiry report has recommended taking action against five police officers, including Puthia Police Station officer-in-charge (OC) Shakil Uddin Ahammed, for manipulation of the first information report (FIR) in the workers’ leader Nurul Islam murder case. Rajshahi Chief Judicial Magistrate Md Mehedi Hasan Talukder yesterday submitted a report to the High Court (HC) after conducting judicial enquiry in line with the HC directive.

In his report, the Rajshahi chief judicial magistrate stated that when slain Nurul Islam’s daughter Nigar Sultana went to the police station with a view to filing a case on charge of killing her father, the then OC Shakil did not cooperate her and he did not even show apt behaviour towards her. The report also found that OC Shakil manipulated the FIR of the murder case in collusion with other police officers, including Additional superintendent of police Mahmudul Hasan, DSB Motiur Rahman, additional superintendent of police (Puthia circle) Abul Kalam Shahid and OC (investigation) Mohinul Islam.

Their involvement was revealed as the chief judicial magistrate recorded the statement of OC Shakil in presence of the four officers during the judicial enquiry of the matter.

Hence, they cannot avoid the responsibility of changing the FIR of the killing case. So, legal action should be taken against all of them, observed the judicial enquiry report.

The report also recommended HC order for receiving the original FIR, which was filed by Nigar Sultana, as the FIR of

the killing case. Earlier on September 16, the HC directed the Rajshahi chief judicial magistrate to conduct an enquiry into the alleged manipulation of the FIR of the murder case by Puthia Police Station OC Shakil.

In reply to a writ petition, the court also asked the chief judicial magistrate to submit the probe report to it within 45 days.

The HC issued a rule asking the respondents to explain why the OC should not be suspended for manipulating the FIR of the case filed over the murder of the workers’ leader Nurul Islam on June 10.

The court asked the respondents to show cause why their inaction in taking action against the OC should not be declared illegal although the police official was accused in criminal cases and there were allegations that he was involved in corruption and other serious criminal activities in Puthia.

The home secretary, inspector general of police, chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission, deputy IGP of Rajshahi range, superintendent and assistant superintendent (Puthia circle) of Rajshahi police, and OC Shakil were made respondents to the rule.

The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Khairul Alam came up with the order and rule following a writ petition filed by Nigar Sultana seeking the court’s necessary order in this regard.

Citing the writ petition, Nigar’s lawyer Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua told the reporters that an election to Puthia Motor Sramik Union was held on April 24 and Nurul contested the election for the post of general secretary.

The following day, the polls results showed that Abdur Rahman Patal was elected general secretary of the Sramik Union.

Nurul filed a case with a Rajshahi court on June 9 claiming that he bagged 602 votes against Patal’s 520, but the latter was declared elected illegally.