HC orders secure environment for N'ganj murder witnesses

HC orders secure environment for N’ganj murder witnesses


The High Court on Thursday asked the government to take adequate steps to ensure a secure environment for the witnesses to the sensational Narayanganj seven murders so that they can give their depositions without any fear. An HC bench comprising Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore came up with the directive following the remarks by additional director general of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) Lt Col Ziaul Ahsan involving Shahidul Islam, father-in-law of city panel mayor Nazrul Islam, one of the victims. In an interview published in a national daily, the Rab official said, “Nur Hossain, the prime accused in the seven-murder case is now staying in Kolkata. He fled to India three days into the incident. Efforts are being made to bring him back. All mysteries will be debunked if he can be arrested.” He went on saying: “It’s also being investigated whether Shahid (ul Islam) Chairman is involved in the incident.” Referring to Ziaul Islam’s speech, junior member of the HC bench Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore told attorney general Mahbubey Alam, “ It’s (Talking about investigation into whether Shahidul is involved in the incident) is tantamount to contempt of court. It’s Shahid Chairman who valiantly spoke the truth first. He is tacitly being threatened by talking about his involvement in the incident.” Expressing worries over the Ahsan’s speech, the court said, “Who will give deposition if threat is issued in such a way. If it (indirect threat) continues, no neutral witnesses will be found for making depositions.” It also questioned how Ziaul knew the mystery behind the incident would be debunked after the arrest of Nur Hossain. “We (the HC) have specific order that Rab cannot be involved in the investigation into the incident,” said the court. Earlier, seven complainants, including the probe body formed to investigate the gruesome incident as per the HC order, submitted their progress reports to the court. Later, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam placed the progress reports submitted by the complainants, including Rab, CID and IGP, to the court. The court ordered them to submit progress reports again on the incident on June 4. On Wednesday, the seven-member probe body submitted its progress report to the Attorney General’s office on its investigation. On May 5, the High Court issued a suo moto rule asking the government to form the enquiry committee to investigate the incident, following which the Public Administration Ministry formed the probe panel on May 7. – UNB


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