On the last day of the third phase of testimony in the murder case of retired Major Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan, the testimony has started with the 12th witness, Army Officer Sergeant Ayub Ali.
Testimony began in the court of Cox’s Bazar District and Sessions Judge Mohammad Ismail around 10:30 am on Wednesday (September 22).
Prosecutor and Public Prosecutor (PP) of Cox’s Bazar District and Sessions Judge’s Court Faridul Alam said the testimony of Sergeant Ayub Ali, the 12th witness in the third phase, began at around 10:30 am on Wednesday. Besides, Dr. Shaheen Abdur Rahman, Resident Medical Officer of Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital is present in the court as a witness in the case.
Earlier, in the first phase of the three-day case from August 23 to 25, the testimony of witness No. 1 and plaintiff Sharmin Sahariya Ferdous and witness No. 2 Shahedul Islam Sifat began. Similarly, the court completed the testimony in the second phase for 4 consecutive days from 5 to 6 September. So far, the testimony of 11 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 check post. 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.