UNB, Cox’s Bazar
A Cox’s Bazar court on Sunday framed charges against 15 accused, including suspended Teknaf police station officer-in-charge Pradeep Kumar Das, in the major (retd) Sinha MD Rashed Khan murder case.
District and Sessions Judge Md Ismail Hossain passed the order.
The court also fixed July 26, 27 and 28 for recording testimonies of witnesses, said Public Prosecutor of Cox’s Bazar District and Sessions Judge Court Faridul Alam.
It also rejected bail petitions of six accused, including ex-OC Pradeep and constable Sagar Dev.
The hearing continued for three hours starting at 11 am.
Earlier, the 15 accused were produced before the court amid tight security at 10 am. They were later sent back to jail.
On July 31 last year, Sinha was shot dead at the Shamlapur police check-post in Baharchhara Union of Cox's Bazar while returning to town after filming for a documentary.
On August 5, Sinha's sister, Sharmin Shahriar Ferdous, filed a case with Teknaf Senior Judicial Magistrate Court accusing nine members of law enforcement agencies of being involved in the killing, including Pradeep Kumar Das and Baharchhara police outpost inspector Liakat Ali.
On December 13, 2020, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) submitted a charge sheet against 15 people, including police source Ayaz and three APBn members, in connection with the case filed over Sinha's murder at a checkpost manned by APBn, where officers of the Teknaf police station intercepted Sinha's car.
Khairul Islam, assistant superintendent of police of RAB-15 and also the investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet before Cox's Bazar Senior Judicial Magistrate Tamanna Farah.