‘They tried to kill Sinha labelling him as a robber’
Labelling him as "robber", some locals, patronised by police, tried to kill Maj (retd) Sinha Rashed Khan in a mob beating, hours before he was shot dead.
Maulana Hafez Jahirul Islam, an eyewitness of Sinha murder, testified before the Cox's Bazar District and Sessions Judge's Court yesterday, said sources.
The plotters are Nurul Amin, Nezam Uddin, and Ayaz Uddin. All three of them were later made accused in the Sinha murder case.
Jahirul, of Marishbunia village at Teknaf's Baharchhara union, is an imam of a local mosque.
According to a court source, Jahirul testified that the trio -- Nurul Amin, Nezam Uddin, and Ayaz Uddin, locals of Marishbunia village -- went to him and requested him to announce through his mosque's loudspeaker that Sinha and his team entered into the village to rob.
"Jahirul told the court that he did not agree to do this. Then, the three people went to another nearby mosque in the area and succeed," the source added.
The trio was also talking to then inspector Liaqat Ali over the phone at that time, he added.
Seeing the gathering, Sinha and his team quickly left the area, boarded his car and started heading towards Cox's Bazar via the Marine Drive.
"Later, I came to know that Sinha was shot dead at the checkpoint on Marine Drive," added the source, quoting Jahirul.
The defence then cross-examined his statements.
Later, the court recorded the statement of another witness Ronadir Devnath, the then medical officer of Cox's Bazar District Sadar Hospital.
"I was on duty that night. Sinha was brought dead to the hospital. After scrutinising the body, we could assume that Sinha was alive till few moments after he was shot," the source said quoting Devnath.
The body of Sinha bored with three holes on the back including one on the waist and the rest two on the middle of the back. Those wounds occurred due to the use of firearms, the doctor testified.
His fourth and fifth ribs were broken. His left lung was torn. There were four parallel wounds on the left throat of Sinha's body. Beneath these wounds, the muscle was torn, which was caused by one side sharp object, the court source said, quoting the doctor.
After placing his testimony, the defence cross-examined his statements.