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Police was aware of Constable Kawsar’s mental state

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Published: 17:51, 11 June 2024

Police was aware of Constable Kawsar’s mental state

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Inspector General of Police (IGP), Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun said on Tuesday (11 June) that the police department was aware of the distressed mental state of Constable Kawsar Ahmed, who allegedly shot and killed his colleague Md Monirul while on duty in Gulshan's diplomatic area

"We knew about Kawsar's health issues. He was appointed on duty after a doctor gave him a clearance certificate," the IGP said at the program of the founding anniversary of the Highway Police at Rajarbagh police auditorium.

"Now we are discussing whether we need more vigilance in these matters," he said.

According to Constable Kawsar’s wife Nilufa Yeasmin, her husband suffers from mental illness and was treated at the Pabna Mental Hospital at least three times

Initial reports suggested the incident was triggered by Kawsar's mental health struggles, possibly compounded by overwork and disputes over duty rosters.

According to the case statement filed by the victim's brother, Mahbubul Alam with Gulshan Police Station, Kawsar shot Monirul while both were engaged in security work in front of the Palestine Embassy in Baridhara.

In the incident a driver of the Japanese Embassy named Sazzad Hossain was also injured. He is currently admitted to the United Hospital.