Saturday, March 7, 2009

Rajshahi cops seek to file sedition case

Rajshahi police have sought permission from the home ministry to file at least 10 sedition cases in connection with the mutiny of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) soldiers in the division.
Police drafted the cases on Wednesday and sent letters to police headquarters in Dhaka seeking necessary permission from the home ministry, said Mokhlesur Rahman, deputy inspector general (DIG) of Rajshahi range police.
“After getting permission, police will record the cases and investigate them”, he said, adding that permission has been sought for no more than 10 cases.
“As per rules, the home ministry's permission is essential for lodging cases with sedition charges”, said the DIG.
Expressing solidarity with the Pilkhana mutineers, the soldiers in different northern regions, including four battalions in Rajshahi, Naogaon and Chapainawabganj districts, fired hundreds of shots and put barricades on roads on February 25 and 26 in order to destabilise the country, police said.
Jamiruddin, a 35-year old rickshaw puller, was shot on February 26 as the BDR soldiers began firing at Shalbagan sector headquarters. BDR member Nazrul Islam received bullet wounds at Chapainawabganj battalion headquarters during the mutiny.
M Shahabuddin Khan, superintendent of police in Rajshahi, informed that they sought home ministry's permission to file two cases with Puthia and Godagari police stations.
Two other cases will be lodged at Boalia and Rajpara police stations under Rajshahi city following the mutiny at sector and battalion headquarters at Shalbagan under Boalia thana and Majardia Border Outpost under Rajpara thana, police said.
Similar cases are likely to be filed with police stations at Naogaon, Chapainawabganj, Nilphamari, Thakurgaon and Joypurhat.

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