Staff Reporter in Chittagong,
Bangladesh Army Chief General Aziz Ahmed on Wednesday described the police killing of a retired major a month back as “brutal” and said those responsible must be given “exemplary punishment.”
“Both the army and police support the government probe body and we are waiting for their report on the killing “of Sinha Md Rashed Khan,” he told reporters in this south-eastern port city of Chittagong after a military ceremony.
He added that “exemplary punishment must be meted out to those responsible for this brutal killing so that this type of incident is not repeated with retired or serving army officer.”
He added that it was a “condemn-able and sad incident.”
Sinha was killed when police opened fire on the night of July 31 in the beach district of Cox’s Bazar.
His elder sister Sharmin Shahriar Ferdous lodged a case on 5 August and 13 policemen and three civilians have so far been arrested over the killing and grilled. Some have given confessional statements.
General Aziz Ahmed said some always tried to fish in dirty water to pit police against the army soon after the incident and “maybe they are still trying, which is very sad.”
But both the army and the police are supporting the probe in every way and he along with Police Chief Benazir Ahmed had flown to Cox’s Bazar together to ensure justice is done in this incident, he said.
The media-friendly army chief added: “We don’t expect such things to happen to any serving or retired army officer in the future.”
The probe committee, formed by the home ministry includes Lieutenant Colonel SM Sazzad Hossain, who is representing the Armed Forces Division of the Bangladesh Army, Additional Deputy Inspector General of Police (Chattogram range) Zakir Hossain Khan and Cox’s Bazar Additional District Magistrate Shahjahan Ali.