National Human Rights Commission Chairman Mizanur Rahman urged the law enforcing agencies to stop making a mockery of people’s suffering in the name of producing them before court.
The Human Rights chief made the request while addressing a seminar organised by the “Criminology and Police science” division of Maulana Bhashani Science and Technology University at National Press Club in Dhaka on Saturday noon.
Mizanur Rahman said that it had now become practice for law enforcing agencies to produce detainees before the court after detaining them for two or three days instead of following the stipulated time of 24 hours, which was a kind of mockery with the people.
He urged the law enforcing agencies to stop this type of mockery with people and promptly produce detainees within 24 hours at court.
Commenting on the prevailing chaotic political situation, Mizanur Rahman said, “We had earlier suggested the government to take as hard a stance as necessary to contain political violence in the country. However, the oppressive activity of the law enforcement agencies have increased. This has created distrust upon them. We need to move away from this stance, or else the situation may get out of hand.”
Criticising the recent restriction imposed by police on portraying ‘police’ character and using their uniform in dramas and cinemas, he said, “Such a restriction is a serious hindrance to the freedom of expression and free thought. I wonder how mad the government has turned in order to implement such a restriction.”
Executive Director of Ain O Salish Kendra Advocate Sultana Kamal, Additional inspector general of police Mokhlesur Rahman, Professor Dr Alauddin, Vice Chancellor of Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University attended the meeting among others.