Police excesses behind Siddiqur’s eye injury, finds police probe

Staff Correspondent | Update:

Siddiqur Rahman. FIle photoThe police-formed probe committee has found that teargas shell fired by the law enforcers from a “very close range” hit college student Siddiqur Rahman’s eyes, injuring them seriously.

In its report submitted to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) headquarters on Monday, the probe body accused seven policemen of doing excesses and recommended exemplary punishment for them.

Siddiqur, who was hit by the police tear gas shells in his eyes during a demonstration at Shahbagh on 20 July, might have lost eyesight in his right eye and the other eye is also injured, according to physicians in Dhaka.

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Siddiqur is now being treated at a hospital in Chennai, India.

Deputy commissioner Md Masudur Rahman of the DMP’s media and public communication wing said the report was submitted to the office of the joint commissioner Rezaul Alam on Monday.

Those who have been accused of firing the tear gas shell at Siddiqur are Shahbagh police station’s inspector (investigation) Abu Zafar Ali Bishwas and inspector (operation) Abul Kalam Azad, besides five other constables of the public order management (POM) department, said police officials.

Further reading: Video shows police fired teargas from close range

A member of the investigation committee formed by the DMP headquarters said students of the seven government colleges affiliated to Dhaka University staged a protest on 20 July, demanding that examination routines be published..

Five of the on-duty constables became violent with the protesting students and at one stage, one of them fired tear gas at the students.

The inspectors were present at the venue, but they did not stop their subordinates, which has been termed 'unprofessional' by senior police officials.

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Acting deputy commissioner of the Detective Branch, Md Shahidullah, also a member of the probe committee, told Prothom Alo that the inquiry committee determined that the tear gas shell was lobbed at Siddiqur from very close.

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