Staff Correspondent ;
Dhaka – The authorities have suspended seven policemen accused of murdering a former army officer in the south-eastern district of Cox’s Bazar last month, officials said on Friday.
The suspension order came a day after the cops were remanded in custody after they surrendered before the district magistrate court as they were accused in the murder of Sinha Mohammad Rashed, the retired army major.
The Rapid Action Battalion has been assigned to investigate the brutal murder took place at Baherchhara police checkpoint in Cox’s Bazar on the night of July 31.
Police spokesman Sohel Rana said in Dhaka that the order for suspension was issued immediately after they were remanded in custody on Thursday.
The suspended cops are: Pradeep Kumar Das, officer in charge of Teknaf Police Station, Inspector Liaquat Ali, who shot Sinha dead, Sub-inspector Nandadulal Rakshit, Assistant Sub-inspector Liton Mia, constables Safanur Karim, Kamal Hossain and Abdullah Al Mamun.
Nine policemen were accused in the case. Two others are still on the run.
Rashed was shot dead by the police when he was returning along with a crew member to a resort in Cox’s Bazar by his car as he was working on a travel documentary project. The police stopped his car and shot him dead at the police checkpoint.