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‘Role of police in Cumilla incident should be investigated’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 14 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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‘Role of police in Cumilla incident should be investigated’

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Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam said the role of police personnel during the communal violence in Cumilla should be investigated.

He made the remarks in response to a question from reporters at the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) in the capital’s Tejgaon on Saturday during a shadow parliament debate contest titled ‘Mass uprisings can prevent communal violence’.

Asked if the police had any responsibility in the Cumilla incident, the DMP commissioner said, “I think it should be investigated. Especially why it was being broadcast live when the Holy Quran was rescued by our officials. It should be investigated whether it incited communal violence. If there is any such thing, legal action should be taken.”

He said the police officer should have done the job in such a way as to preserve the sanctity of the Quran Sharif.

Asked about the involvement of political parties in the Cumilla incident, he said, “In the past we have noticed that it would be very difficult to identify a single political party in this incident. Now those who are investigating the Cumilla incident can say better.”

He said, “The incident took place outside Dhaka. In this case, I can’t say anything without talking to those who have worked at the grassroots level.”

Iqbal, who kept the Koran in the puja mandap, is said to be a vagabond and drug addict. Asked about this, the DMP commissioner said, “Through my team there, I have learned that there were provocations from some people. I hope it will be revealed during the investigation.”