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All accused claim innocence
Deshsangbad Desk
Published : Tuesday, 7 December, 2021 at 12:37 AM, Update: 07.12.2021 12:47:45 AM

Pradeep Kumar Das

Pradeep Kumar Das

During a hearing in the case on Monday, Cox’s Bazar District and Sessions Judge Mohammad Ismail began the day’s proceedings by recording the statements of the accused under Section 342 of the Penal Code.

Fourteen of the accused including infamous OC (suspended) Pradeep Kumar Das submitted written statements while Pradeep also answered the judge’s questions orally.

The other accused, Sub-Inspector Nanda Dulal Rakkhit will submit his written statement on Tuesday.

On November 17, the court completed recording testimony of the 65th prosecution witness, and set Monday for defence witnesses. But the accused did not produce any witnesses to defend them.

After the court’s proceedings, defence counsel Rana Das Gupta claimed that his client Pradeep had not been involved in the murder, rather “he has been implicated by drug smugglers.”

Prosecutor Faridul Alam protested the defence lawyer’s comment, terming it the last attempt to save the accused.

There were police officers and even imams of mosques as prosecution witnesses in the case. “Labeling them as drug smugglers is irrational,” he told.

On July 31 last year, Major (retd) Sinha was shot dead at the Shamlapur police check-post in Baharchhara Union of Cox's Bazar while returning to the town after filming for a documentary.

On August 5, Sinha's sister Sharmin Shahriar Ferdous filed a case with Teknaf Senior Judicial Magistrate Court accusing nine members of the law enforcement agencies of being involved in the killing, including Pradeep and Baharchhara police outpost inspector Liakat Ali.

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