DHAKA: Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed said he wanted to see the killing of former army major Sinha Md Rashed Khan in a police firing as an isolated incident.
General Aziz Ahmed was addressing a press conference held jointly with Inspector General of Police (IGP) Benazir Ahmed at the Army Bungalow in Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday (August 5).
The two chiefs stressed that the killing of former Major Sinha Md Rashed Khan will not create a rift between the two forces.
Gen Aziz Ahmed said: “The army and the police have always worked shoulder to shoulder. What happened is, of course, shocking to both the army and police. But we want to see it as an isolated incident.”
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Benazir Ahmed said: “Police and army have been working together in all crises, throughout the pandemic and in the flood situation now.”
“I request all to look at the death as an isolated incident. Some people are trying to make it a police vs army argument. Bangladesh Police and Bangladesh Army are skilled forces and they will not give in to such provocations,” he said.
Earlier in the day, the two chiefs reached Cox’s Bazar to visit the place where the incident occurred.
On Wednesday morning (August 5), a case was filed against nine policemen over the death of former army major Sinha Md Rashed Khan in police firing at a checkpoint in Cox’s Bazar.
Sharmin Shahrier Ferdous, elder sister of Sinha, filed the case in Teknaf Senior Judicial Magistrate Court.
Suspended Inspector Liakat Ali of Baharchhara police outpost and Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Teknaf police station Pradeep Kumar Das were named among the accused.
On July 31, Sinha was killed in a police firing at Baharchhara police check-post in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar.
On August 2, the home ministry formed a four-member committee.
The authorities also suspended 21 police officers, including the in-charge of Baharchhara police outpost, in connection with the killing.
BDST: 1952 HRS, AUG 05, 2020