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Govt reconstitutes body to probe ex-army major killing in Cox’s Bazar

Special Correspondent, Dhaka
Govt reconstitutes body to probe ex-army major killing in Cox’s Bazar

A day after the formation of a three-member committee to probe into the killing of an ex-army major by police firing at a Cox’s Bazar checkpoint, the government on Sunday reconstituted a four-member body headed by additional divisional commissioner of Chattogram Mohammad Mizanur Rahman.

The new committee has been asked to submit its report detailing the reason behind the incident within seven working days, according to a home ministry notification.

The committee was also asked to make recommendations to prevent the recurrence of such incidents in the future.

Of the three members of the new panel, one will be an Armed Forces Division official working at the Prime Minister’s Office and the official will be selected by the general officer commanding or GOC of the army’s 10th Infantry Division and the area commander of Cox’s Bazar.

 Another member will be selected by the deputy inspector general (DIG) of police in Chattogram Range.

Additional district magistrate of Cox’s Bazar Md Shajahan Ali, who was at the helm of the previous committee, will work as a member in the revised committee, said the home ministry notification.

Retired Major of Bangladesh Army Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan was killed in a police firing at Shamlapur checkpoint along the Cox's Bazar-Teknaf Marine Drive on July 31 night. 

Police claimed that they had fired in self-defence when Sinha brandished a pistol after obstructing a search of his vehicle at the checkpoint.

The police also said they seized a pistol and yaba tablets from the vehicle of the ex-army official, and detained two persons. 

Sinha, 36, had worked at the Special Security Force and retired two years ago. His father late Ershad Khan was a deputy secretary at the finance ministry.

The former army officer had been staying at Nilima Resort in Himchhari with three others for around a month to shoot a travel documentary, sources said.

The home ministry’s Public Security Division announced the three-strong investigation committee on Saturday.

The police also withdrew 20 of their members, including Liakat Ali, the officer-in-charge of Baharchhara investigation centre, ‘to ensure fair investigation’ into Sinha killing.

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2. Action to be taken in ex-army officer’s death after probe: Home minister

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