The High Court today issued a summons to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner and two other officers for not complying with its order about providing assistance in rebuilding the boundary wall of Azimpur graveyard.
According to the order, the trio, including the deputy police commissioner (South) and the officer-in-charge of Lalbagh Police Station will have to appear before the court by 10:30am on September 10 to explain why they have not executed the order.
In response to a contempt of court petition, the HC bench of Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo also issued a rule upon the three police officers to explain why contempt of court proceedings should not be initiated against them on charge of ignoring its order.
Earlier on August 1 last year, the HC upon a writ petition directed the DMP chief to deploy adequate policemen during demolition of the new boundary wall to the Westside of Azimpur graveyard and reconstitution of its old boundary so that Dhaka City Corporation (South) can carry out the reconstitution without obstruction from any quarter.
A Zakir Hossain from Azimpur filed the writ petition with the HC saying that the DCC (South) had damaged his father’s cemetery at Azimpur graveyard while constructing a new boundary wall.
Zakir’s lawyer M Asadullah told The Daily Star today that the DCC authorities have stopped construction of a new boundary wall following the HC order, but they were facing obstruction from local people in demolishing the new boundary wall and rebuilding the old one.
The DCC authorities have sent letters to the three police officers several times seeking adequate number of police forces while demolishing the new boundary wall and rebuilding the old one of the graveyard, but they did not respond, he said.
The DCC today filed a contempt of court petition with the HC against the police officers for not complying with its order.