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Refusal to entertain a murder case.
other day a sixty-year old woman at Savar was kicked
and beaten to death by police. The cops had gone to
her residence to investigate alleged kidnapping of a
girl. We are simply appalled by the incident. We
have been witnessing heightened brutalities of the
police for quite some time now. In this case it is
of a horrific proportion since the act of brutality
takes place at one's own home and that too against
an old woman apparently unconnected with the
incident. Even if involved, should she have been
killed so brutally?
We understand that in the meantime the
administration has suspended three personnel of the
local police station. Our concern, however, is that
incidents of brutality took place in the past and
matters were hushed up or some immediate pacifying
actions were taken by the administration like
suspension of a police officer or his transfer from
one place to another.
To us this is clearly a case of brutal murder and
thus legal proceedings should be drawn against those
involved. But inexplicably, the police refused to
register the incident as a murder case.
Cases like these are a challenge to justice system
and hence cannot be treated merely as an
administrative issue. Only recently no less a person
than the IGP himself in an interview said that there
is no provision for 'closing' a police personnel "in
the police code". Suspension of the concerned
policemen is one thing but legal proceedings against
murders are quite another. The first and foremost
duty of the law enforcers or the legal apparatus is
to uphold the supremacy of law. Often the results of
departmental actions against an offender end up in
cold storage and never made public and thus the
aggrieved are denied justice.