Dhaka: A Bangladeshi court today ordered a
high-level independent probe into three controversial
custodial deaths which has sparked an outrage and condemnation
by local and international human rights groups.
The order was issued in response to petitions by Human
Rights and Peace for Bangladesh and Bangladesh Human Rights
Foundation after Mizanur Rahman, Mojibur Rahman and Babul Gazi
were allegedly killed in custody within a span of 10 days,
sparking criticism by the media and also drawing condemnation
from the UK-based Amnesty International.
A High Court bench of judges AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury
and Sheikh Mohammad Zakir Hossain also ordered personal
appearance of five police officers in the dock to explain the
The government has been directed to constitute a panel
other than police personnel to investigate the incidents of
three killings within a week.
Media reports suggested all the three were tortured to
The Amnesty International last week criticised the
government for not bringing extra-judicial killings to an end
despite repeated pledges.
Both the regular police and elite anti-crime Rapid
Action Battalion (RAB) have been blamed for extra-judicial
killings or custody deaths.