Dhaka – An investigation has revealed that two members of police set fire to huts own by minority Santal ethnic groups in northern Bangladesh last year, officials said on Thursday.
According to the investigation report prepared by senior police officer, Sub-inspector of detective branch of police Mahbubur Rahman and Constable Sazzad Hossain of Gobindaganj Police Station in northern Bangladeshi district of Gaibandha torched the homes.
The report was submitted to the High Court Thursday as the court earlier asked the police officers to conduct an investigation after several hundred Santals were evicted from their homes.
The minority groups had been residing on a piece of land owned by a state-own sugar factory in the district. A group of people aided allegedly by the law enforcers drove the minority group away from their homes. A clash between the Santals and the evictors left casualties on November 6, 2016.
Later video footage broadcasted by mainstream media show that the police were setting fire on a thatched house prompting the court to ask for investigation into the matter to confirm whether the police were involved.
A three-member committee led by the additional deputy inspector general of police conducted the probe. The investigation report was submitted to the court through Deputy Attorney General Motahar Hossain Saju.
The policemen responsible for the incident were suspended from their job.
The High Court bench comprising Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice Krishna Debnath kept the investigation report for records.