Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Benazir Ahmed and two other police officials on Wednesday explained to the High Court their position for not complying with its order over constructing the boundary wall of Azimpur graveyard.
Upon a court order, the three police officials appeared before the HC division bench, comprising Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice Qazi Muhammad Izharul Haq Akand to explain their position.
DMP Commission Benazir Ahmed told the bench that they received 16 letters from the authorities concerned for providing necessary assistance by deploying forces and to comply with the court directive, but the date and time of deploying forces was not mentioned in the letters.
He also admitted some failure on their part as they were busy in different works due to hartal and blockade last year.
‘’We set up forces in the graveyard and began the work on September 2 after we received the court order,’’ the DMP commissioner said.
He also showed the bench some photos on the progress of the work.
Later, the court asked the DMP Commissioner to monitor the work until it was completed.
DMP’s Lalbagh zone Deputy Commissioner (DC) Harun-ur-Rashid and Officer-in-Charge of Lalbagh police station also appeared before the court along with DMP Commissioner Benazir Ahmed.
On September 1, the High Court summoned the trio following hearing on a petition filed by lawyer Salahuddin on behalf of the Dhaka City (South) Corporation.
On August 1, 2013, the High Court ordered the authorities concerned to construct a boundary wall of Azimpur graveyard within three months following a petition filed by one Zakir Hossain.
The court also asked the DMP Commissioner to provide necessary assistance to the authorities concerned to comply with the court directive.
As the DMP Commissioner did not comply with the HC order, Zakir Hossain filed a contempt petition against him with the High Court.
Azimpur grave boundary DMP explains position to HC