Bangladesh Police Service Association (BPSA) has expressed concerns over a vested quarter’s “ill-efforts” to bring two professional forces of the state face to face over the recent killing of Major (retd) Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan in Cox’s Bazar.
In a press statement yesterday, the organisation said a vested group is active to influence and hinder the legal process of the Sinha murder case by using various social media platforms, including Facebook, Youtube, and also some print and electronic media outlets.
“In such a situation, such ill-efforts of bringing the two professional forces face to face is very unfortunate and unexpected,” said the statement.
It appears that tension grew between the police and the Rapid Action Battalion over the investigation of Sinha murder case. Three locals in Teknaf, who were made witnesses in a case filed by police, were arrested by Rab in connection with the July 31 killing incident.
The situation turned sour when a family member of one of the witnesses filed an abduction case after the Rab picked them up. According to media reports, police forced the family to file the abduction case.
In the statement yesterday, the BPSA termed the killing of the retired army official “unexpected and unwarranted”.
“Like the people of this country, every policeman is also saddened and shocked. Bangladesh Police Service Association wants to assure the countrymen that Bangladesh Police does not shoulder the responsibility of any misdeed committed by an individual. Bangladesh Police took action against the wrongdoers earlier and the practice will continue in future.”
It said a high-level probe committee has been formed in connection with Sinha’s murder as per instructions of the prime minister and a case is now under investigation.
The organisation lauded the recent joint briefing by the army and police chiefs, where they made a firm statement that if anyone is found guilty of committing an offence, the individual would be held responsible for that, not the force.
The statement said Bangladesh Police is pledge-bound to stop recurrence of such an unexpected incident and it would work to ensure rule of law.
The association believes that the existing trust, confidence, and sincere relations between Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Police will be strengthened further in future for the greater interest of the country, it added.
The statement was signed by BPSA President Shafiqul Islam, commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, and General Secretary Mohammad Zayedul Alam, superintendent of police in Narayanganj.