Eight police personnel, including two sub-inspectors of Savar police station were closed (withdrawn) on Sunday on charge of negligence of duties during the killing of six students at Keblarchar in Baradeshi village of Aminbazar dubbing them robbers in the early hours of July 18. The closed police personnel are identified as sub-inspectors Hariz Sikdar, Anowar Hossain, constables Khairul Islam, Saidur Rahman, Sohel Mia, Nazmul Hossain, Shahin Mia and Habibur Rahman.
Dhaka district police superintendent Mohammad Mizanur Rahman told The Independent,“The action was taken according to the probe report submitted by the four member’s probe committee of Bangladesh police Headquarters headed by Deputy Inspector General (DIG-Admin) of Police Mohammad Amir Uddin.”
Six students Tipu Sultan of Tejgaon College, Towhidur Rahman Palash, Kamruzzaman Kanto, Ibrahim Khalil of Mirpur Bangla College, Shams Rahim Shamam of Maple Leaf International School, and Sitaf Jabi Munif of Bangladesh University of Business and Technology were beaten to death at Keblarchar in Baradeshi village of Aminbazar suspecting them as robbers on early July 18.
In response to a writ petition filed by the National Forum for Protection of Human Rights, the High Court on August 10 asked the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate to form a committee with a magistrate to investigate the tragic incident. The committee was asked to submit its report by one month.
The police Headquarters comprising by Deputy Inspector General (DIG-Admin) of Police Mohammad Amir Uddin, Mohammad Masud Karim, special superintendent (SS) of Special Branch, Sheikh Md Rezaul Haider, SS of Criminal Investigation Department (CID), and Sheikh Rafiqul Islam Dhaka district Additional Superintendent of Police formed a four-member committee on July 21 to unfold the mystery behind the killing.
Utpal Chowdhury, a metropolitan magistrate, who conducted the investigation after submitting the report told The Independent, “I had earlier visited the spot and talked with the locals and relatives of the victim I didn’t found the students involvements in crime.” The judicial committee has found that police have negligence in discharging their duties to save the lives of six students who were beaten to death at Keblarchar of Aminbazar in Savar, near the capital.
The judicial committee, probing the lynching of six students at Baradeshi village in Aminabazar on July 18, concluded that they were killed by the local drug syndicate with the help of the police and not villagers as claimed earlier.
Riazul Karim, a villager, said: “The local drugs syndicate carried out the killings as it suspected that the students were informers of the Rapid Action Batallion (RAB). The incident took place just after the syndicate received a consignment. As it regularly pays money to the police, the law keepers helped the former in carrying out the killings.” He added that most villagers were at the mosque when the incident took place. He said a group of 15 to 20 people perpetrated the crime. “Members of the drug syndicate picked up the students from Keblarchar and lynched them before the villagers reached the spot. They even discussed the matter with the police who filed a false case by the notorious drug peddler Abdul Malek,” said Abdul Majid, a local trader.
Abdul Kader, alias Suruj, father of Kamruzzaman Kanto, one of the six students killed, said: “I have conducted an investigation after the death of my son. I found that local drug paddlers killed him, suspecting him to be an informer of RAB.” Habi Bepari, father of another victim, said: “I, along with Suruj Bhai, went to the spot several times to know what had actually happened. We came to know that local drug peddlers carried out the killings.”
Six students – Tipu Sultan of Tejgaon College, Towhidur Rahman Palash, Kamruzzaman Kanto, Ibrahim Khalil of Mirpur Bangla College, Shams Rahim Shamam of Maple Leaf International School and Sitaf Jabi Munif of the Bangladesh University of Business and Technology – were beaten to death at Keblarchar on July 18.
Courtesy of The Independent