Hafeez Zahirul Islam, the tenth witness in the murder case of retired Major Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan, has started testifying. Testimony in the third phase will continue till September 22.
Testimony began in the court of Cox’s Bazar District and Sessions Judge Mohammad Ismail around 10:30 am on Tuesday (September 21).
State Prosecutor and Cox’s Bazar District and Sessions Judge’s Court Public Prosecutor (PP) Faridul Alam said the testimony of Hafeez Zahirul Islam, the 10th witness in the third phase, started at 10:30 am on Tuesday. Other witnesses present include Dr Shaheen Abdur Rahman, Resident Medical Officer, Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital, Dr Randhir Debnath and Army Member Sergeant Ayub Ali.
Defendant’s lawyer Advocate Rana Das Gupta was present at the time. The testimony will continue till Wednesday 22 September.
Earlier, in the first phase of the three-day case from August 23 to 25, witness No. 1 and plaintiff Sharmin Sahariya Ferdous and witness No. 2 Shahedul Islam Sifat did not testify. Similarly, the court concluded the second phase of testimony in 4 consecutive days from 5 to 6 September. So far, the testimony of 9 witnesses has been completed.
Retired Army Major Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan was shot dead by police at the Shamlapur check post in Baharchhara union of Teknaf upazila on the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf Marine Drive road on the night of July 31 last year.
On August 5 last year, Sinha’s sister Sharmin Shahriar Ferdous filed a case against nine policemen, including former Teknaf Police Station OC Pradeep Kumar Das and former Baharchhara Investigation Inspector in-charge Liaquat Ali. Liaquat Ali was made the main accused in the case. The court was given the task of investigating the case. Six days after the incident, six policemen, including OC Pradeep and Inspector Liaquat, surrendered.
The police filed a case at Teknaf police station and another at Ramu police station. Later, RAB arrested 3 witnesses in the case filed by the police and 3 members of the Armored Police Battalion (APBN) on duty at Shamlapur checkpost. Former Teknaf police constable Rubel Sharma was later arrested. Former ASI Sagar Deb of Teknaf police station surrendered before the court on June 24.
On December 13 last year, RAB-15 Cox’s Bazar Battalion’s then Assistant Superintendent of Police Khairul Islam filed a chargesheet against 15 people. On June 26, the court framed charges against 15 accused. It was witnessed by 63 people.