The testimony of the second day of the fifth phase of the murder case of retired Army Major Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan has started. The court proceedings started with the 26th witness Sergeant Md. Ziaur Rahman.
The trial began at 10:30 a.m. Monday (October 11) at the Cox’s Bazar District and Sessions Judge’s Court. Apart from Sergeant Md Ziaur Rahman, Sergeants Anisur Rahman, Ahmed Kabir Manu, Syed Kalam alias Dhala Mia and Md Kamrul Hasan are also present in the court today.
Earlier, 15 accused in the case were brought to the court from Cox’s Bazar District Jail in a prison van under tight police guard around 9:30 am.
Prosecutor and Public Prosecutor (PP) of Cox’s Bazar District and Sessions Judge’s Court Faridul Alam said the testimony of Sergeant Md. Ziaur Rahman, the 27th witness in the fifth phase, started at 10:30 am on Monday. Four more witnesses are also present in the court.
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.