Judicial probe report on Aminbazar carnage | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 10, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 10, 2011

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Judicial probe report on Aminbazar carnage

Let the truth come out

We are heartened by the speed and competence with which the one-member judicial probe body completed its work in the killing of six students on the night of July 18 by a mob, suspecting them to be criminals. The disturbing aspect of it was that the police stood by while the mob beat the students to death.
Though the official version of the judicial report is yet to be published, whatever could be gleaned from various sources is extremely worrisome. It has become apparent that the victims were innocent, not robbers, as told by police. The police stood by as the tragedy was being enacted. They did not intervene, even when the victims implored them to save their lives. So far as could be learnt, the surviving victim Al Amin's narration of the incident appears to have been vindicated.
If the probe findings confirm what the media reported earlier, that police was complicit in the killing to the extent that they watched the mob murder without stopping them, then we have a very serious and disturbing issue at hand. Media report and public complaints have long been raising the issue of police inefficiency and disinterest in dealing with the rising crime scene. In some cases, their direct involvement in criminal activities including actions leading to death have been found.
While waiting for court proceedings to start in the present case, we expect that meanwhile contents of the probe report would be published for public consumption.
We would further hope that, the truth would not get suppressed and those responsible for the death of the students are brought to justice. We expect that the higher court will ensure the process to its proper conclusion, which has been initiated by ordering the probe.

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