HC asks Home: Take steps to arrest 3 ex-RAB officials

HC asks Home: Take steps to arrest 3 ex-RAB officials

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The High Court on Sunday issued a rule asking the Home Secretary for taking immediate steps to arrest three former Rab officials who had been dismissed for their jobs following allegations of their involvement in the killing of seven people in Narayanganj.
In response to a writ petition, an HC bench of Justice Mirza Hossain Haider and Justice M Khurshid Alam Sarker passed the order.
Three former Rab-11 officials — Lt Col Tarek Syeed Mahmud, Maj Arif Hossain and Navy’s Lt Col MM Rana — were sent on forced retirement following the allegations of their involvement in the killing of seven people, including Narayanganj panel mayor Nazrul Islam and senior lawyer Chandan Kumar Sarker. Dr Kamal Hossain moved the writ petition on behalf of Bijoy Kumar Pal, son-in-law of murdered Chandan Kumar Sarker, Narayanganj Bar Association president Shakhawat Hossain and president of Amra Narayanganjbasi, a citizens’ forum, Mahbubur Rahman.
In its rule, the HC said although the former Rab officials were dismissed without any specific allegation under the penal code, necessary steps should be taken to arrest them under section 54 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).
Besides, the HC also sought explanations as to why the existing laws to regulate law enforcing agencies, including the police and Rab, should not be updated to ensure the safety of public life and property as per the constitutional provisions related to the fundamental rights of citizens.
The respondents — Home Secretary, Law Secretary, Public Administration Secretary and National Human Rights Commission chairman — were asked to submit their respective compliance reports to the HC bench of Justice M Rezaul Haque and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore.
Earlier on May 5, the HC bench issued a suo moto rule asking the government to form a seven-member committee to investigate the allegation that Rab personnel were involved in the killing of Narayanganj panel mayor Nazrul Islam and six others.
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 abduction, 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

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