SI, constable set fire to Gaibandha Santals’ house
12:16 PM, March 09, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:53 PM, March 09, 2017

SI, constable set fire to Gaibandha Santals’ house

Says police report submitted to HC

Two police personnel -- a sub-inspector (SI) and constable -- were involved in setting fire to Santal houses in Gaibandha's Gobindaganj upazila on November 6 last year, according to a probe report submitted by police before the High Court today.

They are SI (Detective Branch) Mahbubur Rahman and Constable Sazzad Hossain of Gobindaganj Police Station, the probe report said.

A three-member probe committee led by the additional deputy inspector general of police (Rangpur range) submitted the report today through Deputy Attorney General Motahar Hossain Saju as per an earlier order of the HC.

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The DAG told the HC that Mahbubur and Sazzad have already been suspended for their act.

The HC bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice Krishna Debnath kept the police report in its record.

On November 6 last year, at least two people of the ethnic community died and 25 people were injured in a clash between indigenous people and labourers as well as police at Shahebganj sugarcane farm of Rangpur Sugar Mills in Gobindaganj upazila over land dispute.

Later, after videos appeared of law enforcers setting fire to Santal settlements, the High Court ordered a probe into the matter. The probe found three policemen and locals guilty of the act.

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