Our Correspondent from Sylhet with Staff Correspondent
Two police officials of Jalalabad police station were suspended while another was closed from the police station for negligence of their duties in connection with Samiul Alam Rajan murder.
A police probe body, earlier formed to investigate into allegations of the negligence of their duties, found evidence of failing to act in arresting the killers of Rajan. The probe report also said that the policemen also neglected their duties under political influence who had asked for help to flee the accused.
Sub-Inspectors Aminul Islam and Zakir Hossan were suspended and Alamgir Hossain of Jalalabad police station who is an officer in -charge (investigation) was closed. All the policemen were temporarily punished for their negligence of duties and also helping the prime suspect, Kamrul Islam, to flee.
Police take action against three police officials after Home Affairs MInister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said stern action would be taken against the police members if their negligence in arresting the murderers of Rajan is found. He said: "None can go unpunished as we are determined to bring those involved in the brutal killing under trial immediately."
The home minister made the statement while talking to journalists at Sylhet Osmani International Airport on Friday.
He further said: "The probe report has already been submitted. We will go through it and if any police person is found guilty, he will face stern action." "If necessary, the Home Ministry will recommend special measure in this regard."
"Police failed to arrest Rajan's murderers due to their negligence and there was a political interference to save them," said SM Rokon Uddin, additional commissioner of the Sylhet Metropolitan Police (SMP) and also head of the probe body.
SM Rokon Uddin along with two members of the investigation committee submitted the reports to the SMP Commissioner Kamrul Ahsan at around 11:00pm on Thursday night.
"I have received around 416 pages of investigation report into Rajan's murder and I will make it public through the media later," Kamrul Ahsan said.
Police misbehaved with Rajan's father when he went to lodge a case with the Jalalabad Police Station after the murder of his 13-year old son, read the report."The incident of misbehavior with Rajan's father has also been mentioned in the report," Rokon Uddin added.
Earlier, father of Rajan, the teen who was beaten to death in Sylhet, has blamed two officials of Jalalabad police station for taking bribes to help one of the suspects - Kamrul Islam - to flee to Saudi Arabia.
Following the allegation, a three-member probe body was formed on July 14. The probe committee submitted their report on Friday. However, none of the committee members disclosed any information mentioned in the report.
The ill-fated teenager was tortured to death by a group of persons at Kumargaon on the outskirts of Sylhet city around 7:30 am on July 8. The alleged criminals also recorded a video during the torture and posted it on Facebook.
The 28-minute video, recorded on a mobile phone camera, shows the victim tied to a pole in front of a workshop in the still-closed Sultan Ali Market, beside the Dhaka-Sunamganj road. From the video, it seemed there were five to six men who took part in the barbaric torture.
A murder case was filed in this regard by Jalalabad police, in which Rajan's father later became a plaintiff. One Muhit was held while dumping Rajan's body on the day of the murder.
He was listed as the prime accused in the case, while his brother Kamrul Islam, 24, their accomplice Ali Haider, 34, and guard Moyna Miah, 45, were charged with murder as well.
Later, Muhit's cousin Ismail Hossain Abullus and watchman Moyna Mia were held while absconding accused Kamrul Islam was held in Jeddah of Saudi Arabia.
In the latest development, some of the killers have given confessional statements. On Thursday, the law minister has said the killers would be tried in a special tribunal.
Shishu Rajaner Shokahoto Bondhu Shomaj on Friday demanded exemplary punishment of the killers of 13-year old boy Rajan.