HC questions govt inaction against Rangpur Sugar Mills MD
7:58 pm, January 08, 2017
The High Court on Sunday issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why reluctance to take action against Managing Director of Rangpur Sugar Mills Abdul Awal for destroying evidence of attack on Santals would not be declared illegal.
The rule also asked the authorities concerned to explain why order would not be issued to file a criminal case against the MD for destroying evidence willfully.
The HC bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Mohammed Ullah issued the rule following a writ petition.
The Secretary of Ministry of Home Affairs, Industries secretary, Police Superintendent of Gaibandha, officer-in-charge of Gaibandha Sadar Police Station have been asked to respond to the rule within four weeks.
Earlier on November 6, 2016, the mill authorities demolished the burnt houses of the Santals with a tractor to destroy the evidence.
Later Suprokash Datta, a lawyer of the Supreme Court, filed a writ petition.
Suprokash Datta said the HC directed the mill authorities to submit a report over their action within 30 days.
Three Santal men were killed and 30 people, including nine policemen, injured following a clash with law enforcers and workers of Rangpur Sugar Mills in Gobindaganj upazila on November 6.
The clash broke out when workers of Rangpur Sugar Mills along with police went to Bagda Farm area to reclaim land of the sugar mill allegedly occupied by the Santal community.
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