The High Court Division (HCD) of the Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered to conduct judicial inquiry to find out if the police force were involved with the torching of Santal houses in Gobindaganj of Gaibandha.
The joint bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice Krishna Debnath passed the order following a petition filed by three rights organisations seeking proper steps to find out the masterminds for the arson attack.
It instructed the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Rangpur Range to give the charge of the investigation to a senior officer of the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) under the supervision of a police official not lower than the rank of Superintendent of Police (SP).
On November 26, a case was filed against 33 people, including a ruling party MP, upazila nirbahi officer, managing director of Rangpur Sugar Mill and officer-in-charge of Gobindaganj police station, in connection with the attack on Santal people in Gobindaganj upazila.
On November 6, two Santal men were killed and 20 people, including nine policemen, injured in a series of clashes following an attempt by sugar mill workers of Rangpur Sugar Mill to evict the Santals from the mill area with the help of the law enforcers in Gobindaganj upazila.