60 villagers chargesheetedCourt Correspondent
The Rapid Action Battalion has pressed charges against 60 villagers for beating six students to death at Bardeshi village of Aminbazar at Savar on early July 18, 2011.
In the chargesheet, RAB official additional superintendent of police Sharif Uddin Ahamed, also the investigation officer in the case, however, implicated no policeman, although a police investigation had found that the cops stationed there failed to discharge their duties properly during the killing.
He submitted the chargesheet in the murder case, filed by Savar police subinspector Md.Anowar Hossain.
He also submitted a final report in another case, filed by villager Abdul Malek on July 19, 2011, accusing the six students and the lone survivor of the beating incident, Al-Amin, of preparing for committing robbery, as the case could not be substantiated.
The chargesheet and the final report, submitted to the Dhaka Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court on January 7, were placed before additional chief judicial magistrate Shahidul Islam on Sunday.
The court accepted the final report released Al-Amin.
It, however, posted for Wednesday the hearing in the acceptance of the chargesheet.
Among the 60 people chargesheeted, 24 had been arrested, of whom 14 obtained bail from different courts. The rest of the accused are still in hiding.
Fourteen of the accused, including Malek, also a sand trader who had filed the robbery case, have reportedly confessed to their offences.
The charges were pressed against Malek, Sayed Member, Abdur Rashid, Ismail Hossain alias Badu, Nehar alias Jamsher Ali, Hiru Hossain, Mojibur Rahman, Kabir Hossain, Anowar Hossain, Rajur Ali Shohag, Alam, Md Rana, Abdul Hamid, Md Almas Mia, Shahin Ahmed, Farid Khan, Razib Hossain, Rahim, Md Washim, Md Sailm alias Mollah, Md Sanowar Hossain, Md Shamsul Haq alias Samshu Member, Rashed, Md Saiful, Sattar, Salim, Monir Hossain, Sabbir Ahmed, Alamgir, Anowar Hossain Anu, Mobarak Hossain, Akhil Khondoker, Bashir, Rubel, Nur Islam, Amin, Saleh Ahmed, Shadat Hossain Jewel, Tutul, Akhail, Masud, Nizamuddin, Mokhles, Salam, Afjal, Badsha Mia, Toton, Saiful, Shajahan, Sultan, Shohag, Lemon, Saimon, Enayet, Ifdar, Khalek, Iman Ali, Dulal, and Alam.
Sitaf Jabi Munib, a student of Bangladesh University of Business and Technology, Shams Rahim Shamam of Maple Leaf International School, Tipu Sultan of Tejgaon College, Towhidur Rahman Palash, Kamruzzaman Kanto and Ibrahim Khalil of Mirpur Bangla College were beaten to death by a group of youths at Aminbazar in Savar early on July 18, 2012.
The lone survivor of the incident, Al Amin, told reporters that the police had taken him to a hospital in Savar after he, being seriously injured in the beating, requested them to save his life.
He also said that the police were present during the beating and did not try to save the students.
On July 21, 2011, the government appointed a four-member police inquiry committee, headed by additional inspector general of police Mohammad Amir Uddin, in response to a High Court order issued on July 20, 2011.
The committee submitted its 216-page report to the police headquarters on September 18, 2011, saying that the cops stationed there failed to discharge their duties properly during the incident.
The police inquiry committee had also found that the victims were students, not robbers.
In the report, the committee had recommended actions against the policemen for negligence in discharging their duties during the killings.
Earlier, a judicial committee had also come up with similar findings.
The one-member judicial inquiry committee of Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Utpal Chowdhury submitted the report to the Supreme Court registrar on September 8, 2011.
In the report, the judicial probe body found that the six youths were innocent students, not robbers.
It also held the negligence of the policemen, who were on duty on the spot during the mob beating, including Savar police sub-inspectors Anwar Hossain and Haris Sikder, in rescuing the youths.
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