Cox’s Bazar court sets Monday for bail hearing of Sifat, another member of slain Major Sinha’s film crew
Shipra Rani Debnath, a member of slain Major Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan's film crew, has been released on bail after she was arrested on July 31 in a narcotics case.
She was released around 3pm on Sunday from Cox’s Bazar Central Jail, said prison authorities.
“Shipra was handed over to her lawyer and family members after the bail documents were sorted out,” Jail Superintendent Moqammel Hossain told Dhaka Tribune.
Earlier in the day, a Cox’s Bazar court granted bail to the Film and Media student of Stamford University.
“She will be out on bail until the investigation report is submitted,” said Shipra’s lawyer Arup Barua.
The court also heard the bail petition of Shahedul Islam Sifat, another member of the slain retired army officer’s film crew, but kept its order pending.
“We have moved a bail plea and a petition seeking the court’s order to hand over the investigations to RAB,” his counsel Mahbubul Alam Tipu said, before adding that the court has fixed Monday for issuing an order.
Sifat, also a student of Stamford University, has been named in two cases - murder and narcotics – started by the Teknaf police following the killing of Sinha in a reported police firing.
He, with his classmates Shipra and Tahsin Rifat Noor, were in Cox's Bazar to shoot a travel documentary for Sinha's YouTube channel.
On the night of July 31, retired army officer Sinha was killed at the Shamlapur police check post on Marine Drive in Teknaf’s Baharchhara.
Sifat, who was with Sinha, was arrested right after the killing of Sinha and was sent to jail the next day after police pressed charges against him.
Shipra and Rifat were picked up by police the same night from the resort where they were staying on charges of possessing liquor and marijuana.
Rifat was handed over to his family the next day but police pressed narcotics charges against Shipra.
On August 5, Sinha's sister Sharmin Shahriar Ferdous filed a case with the Cox's Bazar Chief Judicial Magistrate Court against nine people, including Teknaf police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Pradeep Kumar Das, and Baharchhara police outpost in-charge, Inspector Liakat Ali.
The next day, seven of the accused in the case Sharmin Ferdous filed, surrendered to the court and sought bail. The court sent them to prison.
Soon after the court order, the RAB moved a petition to take the suspects into custody for interrogation, when the court remanded Pradeep, Liakat, and Sub-Inspector Nanda Dulal Rakkhit, for seven days.
It also allowed the investigators to question the four other suspects at the jail gate and issued warrants for two other fugitive suspects.
Following the case, Bangladesh Police has suspended the seven law enforcers who are in custody now.