Testimony begins in Sinha murder trial
Published: 12:05 PM, 23 August 2021 Updated: 05:10 PM, 23 August 2021
Retired Major Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan; File Photo
The testimony in the murder case of retired Major Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan of Bangladesh Army has started. For this, 15 accused in the case including the ousted OC Pradeep have been produced in court.
The trial began with the testimony of Sinha’s elder sister Sharmin Shahriar Ferdous at around 10:45 am on Monday.
The testimony will continue for three consecutive days till August 25 at the Cox’s Bazar District and Sessions Judge’s Court.
Earlier, the accused in the Sinha murder case were brought to the District and Sessions Judge’s Court from Cox’s Bazar prison around 9:30 am, confirmed Court Public Prosecutor (PP) Advocate Faridul Alam.
“On the first day, Sinha’s elder sister Sharmin Shahriar Ferdous who is also the plaintiff of the case, Sinha’s companion Sahidul Islam Sifat and Mohammad Ali of Minabazar area of Teknaf will testify. A total of 83 made witnesses in the case,” he said.
Besides, Sinha’s other companion Shipra Debnath, Shamlapur residents – Md. Abdul Hamid, Md. Yunus, Firoz Mahmud, Mohibullah, Md, Amin, Md. Kamal Hossain, Ramu Cantonment Sergeant Md. Ayub Ali, Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital’s two doctors – Shahin Abdur Rahman Chowdhury and Ranadheer Debnath and Hafez Zahirul Islam of Marishbunia village of Baharchara in Teknaf will testify in phases.
PP Advocate Faridul Alam added that the three-day testimony was scheduled for July 26-27, however, it was not possible “due to strict restrictions” to curb the COVID outbreak. Later, new dates were fixed for “August 23, 24 and 25”. Notices were sent to 15 witnesses to appear in court, he also said.
It is to be mentioned that retired Major Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan was shot dead by police firing at the Shamlapur police checkpost of Teknaf Police Station on July 31 in 2020.
On December 13 of that year, RAB-15’s Senior Assistant Superintendent of Police Md. Khairul Islam, investigating officer of the case, filed a probe report in the court, accusing ousted Teknaf Police Station OC Pradeep Kumar Das and 15 others.