Officer-in-charge (OC) of Rupganj Police Station was withdrawn yesterday, allegedly for misappropriating a vehicle, seized after a “gunfight” between law enforcers and drug traders at Araihazar upazila last year that left a person dead.
OC Abdul Haque demanded Tk 10 lakh from the deceased's mother when she went to the police station to release the vehicle, claiming that it belonged to her son.
As she refused to pay, the OC misappropriated the vehicle by falsifying documents.
“The allegation against OC Abdul Haque has initially been proven. That's why, he has been withdrawn following directives of the district superintendent of police,” said Sazzad Roman, inspector of special branch of Narayanganj police.
On May 22 last year, one Bacchu Khan, 35, was killed in a “gunfight” between Rab and drug traders in Shimultola area of the upazila on Dhaka-Sylhet highway. The gunfight ensued when a Rab team challenged a vehicle in the area. Three of its passengers got off the vehicle and fired shots at the law enforcers. The Rab members retaliated, triggering the gunfight that left Bacchu dead.
Rab recovered around 10,000 yaba tablets, a firearm and ammunition from the car and seized the vehicle. The Nissan X-Trail's engine number is MR 20-28987713 and chassis number is Tk 31-201170.
After the incident, Bacchu's mother went to Araihazar Police Station and requested the OC to return the vehicle. But the OC demanded Tk 10 lakh to release it.
Later, she came to know that the OC, in cooperation with his accomplices, falsified the documents and showed one of his relatives as the vehicle's owner. Its registration number is Gha-18-0112.
On February 28 this year, she filed a case with Fatullah Police Station, alleging misappropriation of the vehicle by the OC.
In initial investigation, detective branch of the district police found the allegation to be true and submitted a report to the superintendent of police.
Contacted, Abdul Haque denied the allegation and said Bacchu's mother never came to meet him and the vehicle was handed over to a relative of the deceased.
Bacchu's mother could not be contacted, despite repeated attempts.