Performing the duties properly is the main task of a disciplined force like the police. However, the real picture is different in Bangladesh. Here the police are seen taking the side of the accused in most cases in exchange for money, for example, in the case of Rajon murder in Sylhet.
The local police were not prompt in identifying the accused who brutally tortured the teenager for hours to death from the video footage they had uploaded on Facebook! Moreover, at least three officers of Jalalabad police helped the prime accused, Kamrul Islam, flee the country.
Bangladeshi expatriates in Saudi Arabia were brave enough to capture Kamrul and hand him over to the local police. His repatriation is due within two weeks.
Even though the officers were identified and found guilty of negligence in duties, behaving rudely with Rakib’s father — the plaintiff, and assisting one of the suspects to flee the country, they were merely transferred! The Police Headquarters have utterly failed to show their willingness to enforce the laws.
On September 22, a Sylhet court indicted 13 accused including three fugitives in connection with the murder case, only two and a half months into the killing. But we don’t see the names of the three officers — Jalalabad Inspector (investigation) Alamgir Hossain, and sub-inspectors Aminul Islam and Zakir Hossain — in the charge sheet.
As the incident created much hype across the world, many VIPs visited Rajon’s house to condol his family members. They also assured the family of ensuring justice in the case. They include Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Home Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki and many other government high-ups.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman later said any police personnel found to be negligent in dealing with the Rajon murder case would face stern departmental action. But we don’t see any significant step taking against the trio yet.
The visit of the National Human Rights Commission was significant. He suggested that the authorities sue the police officers since suspension or transfer was not enough.
Sheikh Azizur Rahman, father of Rajon, also sent a memorandum to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeking justice for his son. In the memo, he made four demands to the prime minister: repatriation of Kamrul Islam, exemplary punishment of all killers through speedy trial, punishment of the police officials who tried to cover up the murder in exchange of bribe, and security for his family.
On the other hand, the premier said the culprits behind the recent incidents of child repression would not be spared. “We’ll have to ensure exemplary punishment to show people that no one is spared if one commits crimes,” she said.
Well, please show that you don’t forget what you pledge!