Chief of army staff general Aziz Ahmed (R) and Inspector General of Police Benazir Ahmed jointly address a press briefing in Cox's Bazar
Chief of army staff general Aziz Ahmed (R) and Inspector General of Police Benazir Ahmed jointly address a press briefing in Cox's BazarProthom Alo file photo

A joint patrol of Bangladesh Army and police will be deployed in Cox’s Bazar aiming to keep the law and order situation normal there in the wake of the death of retired major Sinha Md Rashed Khan.

To keep the law and order situation normal in Cox’s Bazar and bring the confidence of local people back after the murder of retired major Sinha, Bangladesh Army chief general Aziz Ahmed and Inspector General of Police Benazir have agreed to conduct a joint patrol there and have given necessary instructions to their respective forces to this end, an ISPR press release said on Thursday.

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Noting that the killing of Sinha was ‘an isolated incident’, the army chief and the IGP hoped that fair investigation into the killing and ensuring exemplary punishment to those involved in the killing will make the existing mutual trust between the two forces deepened and strengthened more.

Sinha Md Rashed Khan was shot dead by police personnel at a police check-post on marine drive in Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar, on the night of 31 July.

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The Bangladesh Army is deeply shocked over this unfortunate incident, the release said.

As per the directives of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, a high-level joint probe committee was constituted, which started its investigation on 4 August.

The chief of Army Staff and the IGP visited the spot on Wednesday and exchanged views with the local officers of their respective forces and gave necessary instructions to this end.

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The army chief and the IGP said the forces will not take the responsibility of the individuals involved in the incident and it would not affect the long-standing good relations of the two forces.

They vowed that those involved in the killing of Sinha would be brought to justice through proper investigation.