HC asks police to submit reports on Kalihati police firing

New Age Online

The High Court on Wednesday asked the government and police to explain whether the police action on agitating people in Kalihati of Tangail on September 18 that left four people killed had followed relevant laws.
The vacation bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Zafar Ahmed also asked the police to submit reports of its three departmental inquiries into the incident, one initiated by police headquarters and two by deputy inspector general of police (Dhaka range), to the court in 60 days.
The court passed the order hearing a public interest litigation filed by Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association. The petitioner had sought the court’s directive on the government to wage a judicial inquiry led by a sitting or former Supreme Court judge into the police brutality on protesters centring a local mediation in Kalihati of Tangail but the court did not pass such order.
Attorney general Mahbubey Alam opposed the court’s order to submit departmental inquiry reports claiming that it would demoralise the police’s morale.
Secretary of home ministry, inspector general of police, deputy inspector general of Dhaka range, additional deputy inspector general (discipline), Tangail deputy commissioner, Tangail superintendent of police and officer-in-charge of Kalihati police station are made respondents to the writ petition.

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