NHRC chief pushes for govt probe
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is firmly pursuing a government probe on the Rab firing that disabled teenage Limon Hossain.
NHRC Chairman Mizanur Rahman yesterday said, “I will go to the president if the home ministry does not form a probe committee and submit its report to the NHRC within the stipulated time.”
The NHRC in a letter on Wednesday urged the home ministry to form a probe body and submit its report on the shooting incident within 12 days.
On Thursday, State Minister for Home Affairs Shamsul Haque Tuku told the media, “The probe committee would be formed if necessary” and that the NHRC chairman viewed Limon's case from his perspective.
Mizanur Rahman, however, said the home ministry has not yet refused to carry out the investigation. He hoped that the ministry would cooperate with the commission to find out the facts.
He said, “The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) has no authority to shoot a person even if that person is guilty. The Rab personnel responsible for the incident have violated human rights and the law. The offenders must be detected and punished to stop such practice.”
ZI Khan, chairman of Human Rights and Legal Aid Committee of Bangladesh Bar Council, yesterday said they are investigating the matter but he declined to disclose anything in this connection.
Meanwhile, sources from Limon's village told The Daily Star over the phone that Rab personnel had stayed there for the last couple of days and intimidated the villagers not to speak of the shooting incident. The elite force members, however, left the village yesterday morning, added the sources.
On March 23, Rab allegedly shot college student Limon, 16, in the left leg without proper verification.
Limon bled for eight hours before he received any medical care. His leg was amputated from the thigh on March 27 at National Institute of Traumatology, Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation hospital.
Rab, however, denied the allegation terming the incident a shootout.