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High Court: Introduce biometric registration at prisons, police stations

  • Published at 05:19 pm September 9th, 2021
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It has also suggested maintaining a database with mugshots of suspects after arrest 

The High Court on Thursday directed the government to set up biometric systems at the prisons and police stations across the country to identify the criminals.

It also asked the home ministry to take the necessary steps to introduce a data management system to store biometric data by recording the accused's fingerprints, palms and iris, according to media reports.

It also suggested preserving database full-face mugshots of the accused after arrest.

The directives came after a High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman declared an arrest warrant, issued by a lower court, illegal, according to media reports.

The High Court bench delivered the verdict following a writ petition filed by Zahir Uddin from Noakhali.

Lawyer Mohammad Shishir stood for the writ petitioner while Deputy Attorney General Bipul Bagmar stood for the state.

Last week, the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) submitted a report saying Mohammad Zahir Uddin of Basurhat in Noakhali district, was not the actual accused in the case filed with Khilgaon Police Station under the Sabotage Act.

The real accused was identified as Modasser Ansari alias Mohaddes, son of Ahsan Ullah of Companiganj upazila of Noakhali district, reports UNB.

On March 10 last year, the HC bench stayed the arrest warrant issued against Zahir Uddin by a Dhaka Chief Judicial Magistrate.

The HC also asked the PBI to investigate whether Zahir Uddin was the actual accused in the case or not.

According to the PBI report, submitted by PBI additional superintendent of police Sarwar Alam, there is no evidence against Zahir and he is not the real accused.

During the investigation, PBI found Modasser Ansari as the real accused in the case, the report said.

On April 9, 2013, police arrested Modasser Ansari in a case filed with Khilgaon Police Station.

Modasser, during his arrest, concealed his actual identity and identified himself as Zahir Uddin, son of Azgar Ali of Basurhat in Noakhali district.

On October 31, that year, Modasser secured bail and went into hiding after walking out of the Dhaka Central Jail.

On April 8, 2014, police submitted chargesheet against Zahir and others in the case. 

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