Body formed to probe offences
The government formed a four-member commission yesterday to conduct a probe into the offences against minorities and supporters of opposition parties that took place just after the 2001 parliamentary elections.
The commission comprises Deputy Secretary of the home ministry Abdul Hannan, former deputy inspector general of police Nazrul Islam and Mir Shahidul Islam, special superintendent of Criminal Investigation Department. Retired district judge Mohammad Sahabuddin heads the commission.
The home ministry yesterday sent a letter to the law ministry in this regard and sought to have the commission vetted before they undertake the task.
Law Minister Shafique Ahmed told reporters at his secretariat office that they sent a letter back to the home ministry after screening the commission.
A gazette notification is likely to be published on Sunday with the announcement of the commission, said home ministry sources.
The commission will investigate murders, rapes, cases of torture and arson committed in different parts of the country immediately after the polls in 2001.
On December 10, the government received a legal notice from the High Court that asked the government to form an enquiry commission within seven days.
Earlier on May 6, the HC in a verdict directed the government to form the enquiry commission within two months and ask the commission to submit a report within six months after its formation.
As the government did not comply with the HC directives, advocate Manzill Murshid served the legal notice.
Manzill Murshid, who earlier moved a writ petition on behalf of Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB), a human rights organisation, sent the notice to the home secretary, secretary to prime minister's office, secretary to the cabinet division and inspector general of police to comply with the HC directives.