State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has brushed aside calls to disband beleaguered Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) following allegations that it was involved in the Narayanganj seven murders.The elite force has been facing harsh criticisms for a long time and blamed for committing extrajudicial killings in the form of crossfire.
“Disbanding RAB is out of the question,” Kamal declared.
“Those who committed crime were punished. Many also served time in jail,” he said on Wednesday while briefing journalists on administrative measures taken after the gruesome murders following abduction.
The State Minister said the list of the accused in the Narayaganj seven abductions-murders case will be published any time. The investigation report over the incident is almost complete, he said by phone on Wednesday.
Replying to a question the minister said a significant progress has been made in the investigation into the crime. The details of the case will be available in two or three days, he said.
Talking about the alleged involvement of three Rab officials in the abductions of the seven and the subsequent killings he said Rab has taken action as per their rule.
“Action will be taken against the Rab officials if their involvement is proved. No one will be spared—no matter whether they are Rab or police,” he said.
Responding to a question the minister ruled out disbanding Rab. “I don’t think that the image of Rab will be tarnished due to activities of a few Rab officials”, he said.
Law enforcers have been put on red alert along the bordering areas and airports so that the suspected killers cannot flee the country, he said.
“The law enforcement agencies have been working sincerely to arrest the culprits. They must be caught”, he said
On April 27, Narayanganj panel mayor Nazrul Islam and his three associates and driver were abducted from Fatullah area in Narayanganj city. Hours into their abduction, senior lawyer of the Narayanganj District Judge’s Court, Chandan Kumar Sarker, and his driver were abducted while they were going to capital Dhaka.
Three days into their abductions, the bodies of six people, including that of Nazrul and Chandan, were recovered from the Shitalakhya and Dhaleshwari rivers on April 30. Besides, the body of Jahangir, the car driver of Nazrul Islam, was recovered from the Shitalakhya River on May 1. – UNB