B`desh anti-crime force in trouble for victimising businessman

Bangladesh`s elite anti-crime force visibly landed in a deep soup after its alleged attempt to implicate a businessman in a false weapon case sparked wide controversies.

Dhaka: Bangladesh`s elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) force visibly landed in a deep soup after its alleged attempt to implicate a businessman in a false weapon case sparking wide controversies and prompting the High Court to issue a rule demanding an explanation on the allegation.

A two-judge High Court bench yesterday issued a rule ordering "closure" of two RAB officials and their personal appearance in the court to explain the incident alongside
asking the government to launch an investigation on the allegation and submit the report within 10 days.

The bench comprising judges AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik and M Delwar Hossain issued the orders on a writ by two rights groups four days after a RAB squad led by an army major, serving the elite force on deputation, was confined by villagers for nearly six hours in southwestern Satkhira as it reportedly planted a bag of firearms in the house of the businessman visibly to implicate him under in a false case.

The court order demanded an explanation by the RAB and police chiefs` what prompted the squad to raid the businessman`s house on May 22 night while the bench asked the
government to explain the steps it took following the incidents.

The rule also said why it should not be directed to take action against Major Kamruzzaman and Delwar Hossain for their failure to perform the duties of protecting the fundamental rights of the people.

Newspaper reports earlier said the firearms were planted inside the businessman`s house three hours before a controversial arms recovery drive by RAB troops on May 22 at a
village in Satkhira.

"The search at dead of the night at the house of shrimp businessman Shafiqul Islam, also a ward unit (ruling) Awami League leader, who has a long track of good family reputation, left the RAB men to face unprecedented public wrath," the `Daily Star` reported.
The incident came to light weeks after controversies gripped the country`s law enforcement agencies as police and RAB investigations came up with two different sets of accused, both confessing to the killing of a police officer in Dhaka two months ago.

The newspapers and security analysts feared the RAB men pumped out confessions by the suspects in their custody using brute force or through death threats.
RAB is a special unit under the command of the police headquarters comprising specially trained officers from army, navy, air force, police and para-police Ansar Bahini while it
was widely credited for its stern anti-militant campaign in the past several years alongside the crackdown of gangsters.

Bureau Report

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