Tarnishing image of police force
Md Joynal Abedin Khan: Dozens of Officers-in-Charge (OCs) of police stations have allegedly been involved with sensational criminal offences that horrified the countrymen and tarnishing image of police forces in the recent days.
They are allegedly involved with killing, torturing, treating, extortion, bribery, rape, harassment, grabbing land, abusing drugs, and human trafficking. Apart from that, the police men are also being accused of threatening to kill the targeted people if fail to fulfill the demands in time.
These allegations are being gathered at Police Headquarters through e-mails, text messages and calls. Departmental actions are taken against accused policemen after investigations. Their punishments include scolding, halting promotion and timescale, sacking and demoting them, PHQs sources said.
The people from different strata are in deep panic as they have grossed dreadful experiences about some vested OCs’ acts through social and mass media that former OCs of Teknaf and Sonagazi police stations Pradeep Kumar Das and Moazzem Hossain respectively are only the duo symbol of over 100 such police officials.
In this back drop, a team of cops instructed by Dhaka Kotwali Police Station OC Mizanur Rahman, picked up cloth trader Sohel Mia from Wize Ghat heading to the house of one relative at Keraniganj on August 2, and took Tk 3.5 lakh from family members by threatening of crossfire. Later, he filed a case with the court accusing five police personnel, including OC Mizanur. But the OC denied the allegation.
Meanwhile, a Jubo League leader was picked up by police in the same style and tortured him ferociously for extortion in Durgapur Police Station in Netrokona district. The crime was committed by OC Mizanur Rahman on August 11. The OC was withdrawn soon after the death of the victim.
In the same day, Cox’s Bazar Sadar Police OC Shajahan Kabir was also withdrawn from the work place for tortured to death of a man under the police custody.
Also Barguna’s Bamna OC Ilas Talukder was withdrawn for assaulting an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) in a broad-day light not to carry out the instruction of hit the demonstrators in the upazila town.
Besides, a tribunal rejected the bail petition of former Sonagazi Police Station OC Moazzem Hossain and sent him to jail over recording Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s statement on his phone and circulating the video clip on social media without her consent in last year.
Nusrat, a student of Sonagazi Islamia Fazil Madrasa in Feni’s Sonagazi upazila, was set ablaze on April 6 allegedly for refusing to withdraw a case filed against the madrasa principal, Siraj Ud Doula, for sexually harassing her. She died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on April 10 last year. On the same day, the OC was withdrawn as Nusrat’s family alleged he was not cooperating with them. During that time, a video clip showing Moazzem asking Nusrat some humiliating questions did the rounds on social media, drawing widespread criticism. Nusrat had gone to his office to file a complaint against Siraj.
August 5, Teknaf Police Station OC Pradeep Kumar Das was withdrawn over his alleged involvement in the killing of Major (retd) Sinha Md Rashed Khan in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar. Major Sinha was shot dead by police at Baharchhara police check-post in Teknaf. Nine cops’ personnel, including Teknaf OC Prdeep Kumar, sued over ex-major Sinha’s death
Hafizur Rahman Karzon, Professor at Law of Dhaka University, also crime expert, said that common people have horrified after gathering bad experiences of OCs, including Moazeem and Pradeep Kumar.
By revoking the Police Act 1861, the force need to become public friendly to form modern rules and regulations as the fear of police to erase from the minds of the countrymen, he opined.
Former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nurul Anwar said that vested quarters of police personnel have become disparate taking the political influence.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Benazir Ahmed expressed hope to build a corruption free police force and he instructed the all police officials, including OCs of 660 police stations to aware of committing crimes.
He also said that any kind of extortion and disorder will not be tolerated among the police personnel.