7-murder: HC unhappy with slow probe
The High Court today expressed dissatisfaction with the government over the slow progress of the investigation into the abduction and killing of seven people in Narayanganj.
Today, the government filed three progress reports – of police’s inspector general, Rapid Action Battalion, and the probe body led by public administration ministry – before the court more than six months after the gruesome murders.
After receiving the report, the bench of Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore fixed December 10 for passing further necessary order.
During proceeding, the bench expressed its disappointment after Rab and the government-formed committee sought more time to submit the complete investigation report of the murders.
“Rab officials have been interrogated and their statements recorded at different times. Is it being done to defend any particular quarter,” Justice Gobinda questioned Additional Attorney General Mumtaz Uddin Fakir.
It is not very difficult to question all the concerned Rab personnel at a time since their names, addresses and ranks are available.
In reply, the government lawyer said “investigation was underway properly and sincerely.”
In April this year, seven people including panel mayor Nazrul Islam, lawyer Chandan Sarker were abducted, killed and their bodies disposed in Sitalakhya river.
Three Rab officials including Tarek Sayeed, relative of a ruling lawmaker, are in police custody in connection with the seven-murder case.
Prime accused Mayor Nur Hossain is now in an Indian prison after he was caught from Kolkata after days of remaining on the run since the gruesome murders.
PLEA FOR TIME TO SUBMIT FULL REPORT
Mumtaz Uddin filed the three separate progress reports on behalf of respective sides.
Citing the report, Mumtaz Uddin told the court that Rab recorded statements of 78 people including police officials and several of its own on the seven-murder.
Rab prayed for seven more days to submit a complete investigation report.
The high-powered probe body led by public administration ministry said in its progress report that it recorded statement of 374 people including ruling Awami League lawmaker Shamim Osman, Narayanganj city Mayor Selina Hayat Ivy, Rab’s Additional Director General Col Ziul Hassan and others.
The committee said it needed to interrogate Nur Hossain and some others, and sought four weeks’ time to submit a complete report.