The High Court today summoned the deputy commissioner of Gaibandha asking him to appear before it on December 12 for his derogatory remark on Bangali people in a report submitted by him before the court.
Deputy commissioner Mohammad Abdus Samad will have to appear before the bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice Krishna Debnath by 10:00am on that day to explain the reason behind his “derogatory comment”.
The DC on November 30 submitted the report to the High Court over the incident of attack on Santals in Gobindaganj upazila of Gaibandha in response to a High Court order.
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In the report, he said Santal people and “Bangali miscreants” were locked in a clash with the workers of Rangpur sugar mill on November 6.
About the report, the High Court said the Pakistan occupation forces had used language such as ‘Bangali dushkritikari’ (Bangali miscreants) about Bangali people.
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The DC has to explain how the DC could use such language in the report, the judges said.
The High Court also ordered the superintendent of police of Gaibandha and officer-in-charge of Gobindaganj Police Station to produce Swapan Mormu, a local of Gaibandha who filed a case over the November 6 clash, before the court on that day to explanation the reason behind filing of the case.
The HC also fixed December 12 for passing further orders on the Santal issue.
Rangpur sugar mill authorities have submitted a report to the High Court informing that they have harvested the paddy of all 49 acres land and handed over the paddy to the Santals as per the court order.
The tripartite clash broke out between the Santals, staff of Rangpur Sugar Mills and police over the eviction of the indigenous people from the disputed land. The clash left three Santal men dead and 20 others, including nine policemen, injured.