Ramu OC closed, Section 144 lifted, Police inaction challenged at court

In the September 30 photo, Buddhist women sit outside their burnt Merong Lowapara residences in Ramu upazila of Cox’s Bazar.

The officer-in-charge of Ramu Police Station in Cox’s Bazar was withdrawn on Tuesday, two days after the violence centring an anti-Islam posting at Facebook.

Meanwhile, the section 144 which was imposed on Sunday in Ramu, Ukhia and Teknaf upazilas of the seaside district following the mayhem was lifted on Tuesday, reports our Chittagong correspondent, quoting Selim Md Jahangir, superintendent of police in Cox’s Bazar.

‘নীরব ছিল প্রশাসন’

The SP said OC AK Nazibul Islam has been withdrawn for not taking appropriate action to calm the attackers and negligence of duty during the Saturday’s violence.

Nazibul was attached to the Cox’s Bazar police lines, the SP said.

A mob destroyed 12 Buddhist temples and monasteries and more than 50 houses damaged in Ramu during the violence, which was triggered by a Facebook posting of a photo defaming the holy Quran. The violence was later spread to Chittagong.

Meanwhile, police has arrested 76 more people in the four upazilas of Cox’s Bazar, raising the total number of arrestees to 169 in the district in connection with the communal violence.

 

Police inaction during Ramu violence challenged

Law enforcers rescue AK Nazibul Islam, the then OC who took refuge at a house, from Merong Roapara of Ramu during a sectarian violence in Chittagong on September 30. Photo: STAR

A Supreme Court lawyer on Tuesday filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging the ‘inaction’ of police administration in protecting the Buddhist temples and houses of local people of Ramu in Cox’s Bazar.

Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua, also an inhabitant of Ramu, in the petition sought directive from the HC to summon the deputy commissioner (DC) and superintendent of police (SP) of Cox’s Bazar and officer-in-charge (OC) of Ramu Police Station before it for explaining their roles regarding the incident.

On October 1, a mob destroyed 12 Buddhist temples and monasteries and more than 50 houses in Ramu upazila of Cox’s Bazar. The violence was apparently triggered by a Facebook posting of a photo defaming the holy Quran.

Jyotirmoy stated in his petition that he himself and local people of Ramu informed the local DC, SP and OC about the arson and vandalism before and during the incidents, but the officials did not take any action to protect the temples and house at that time.

The DC, SP and OC have failed to discharge their constitutional duties to protect the communal harmony and they should explain their conducts in this regard before the court, he said.

Jyotirmoy told The Daily Star that the HC bench of Justice Mirza Hussain Haider and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo fixed Wednesday for hearing the petition.

Earlier, another bench of Jstice M Moazzam Husain and Justice Md Habibul Gani refused to hear the same petition, saying that this bench would not interfere into the government steps over the incidents, as it has already taken some actions, he added.

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