CUSTODIAL DEATH

OC sued, judicial probe ordered

A murder case was filed on Sunday with the Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judges Court against Mirpur police officer-in-charge and nine others in connection with the custodial death of a trader.
The court also ordered a judicial inquiry into the alleged murder of the garment waste trader, Mahbubur Rahman Sujon in the custody of Mirpur police.
Dhaka metropolitan sessions judge Md Zahurul Haque passed the order in response to the case filed by Mamtaz Sultana Luchi, the widow of Mahbubur, against 10 people, including Mirpur police OC Salahuddin Khan and sub-inspector Jahidur Rahman.
Six people, including the plaintiff herself, have been named as witnesses.
Bangladesh National Women Lawyers’ Association executive director Salma Ali moved for the complainant.
Mahbubur was arrested in the early hours of July 13 at his house at Sankar, Dhanmondi, and was declared dead after being taken to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital after a few hours.
The police filed a case against eight people, including four of their fellows and four police informants, on July 17, after Mahbub’s wife alleged that the trader had been tortured and DMCH doctors confirmed it.
SI Jahid was arrested on July 16 along with police informant Nasim Sheikh.
A court on the next day remanded Jahidur and his informant in police custody for five days each. Mahbub’s widow alleged that Jahidur raided their house and took her husband to the police station and tortured him to death.
She also alleged in the case that the sub-inspector had demanded that her husband pay him Tk 2 lakh every month.
Earlier, the SI also threatened to kill or harass him in different cases if he did not pay him the money.
Six accused are still on the run. They are – assistant SI Raj Kumar, constables Anwar Hossain and Rashedul Islam, and informants Khokan, Faisal and Palash.
Bangladesh Jatiya Mahila Samiti president Salma Ali submitted an application to the court seeking security for the plaintiff.
The court said the application would be sent to the home ministry.
Police have formed a committee, headed by Mirpur division additional deputy commissioner Jasim Uddin, to investigate the incident.
The family claims Mirpur police OC Salauddin Khan also had involvement in the torture and killing.
Earlier, Salauddin, then OC of Kowtali police station, was transferred from there in 2012 amid a movement of Court Journalists’ Association after he had ordered the police to attack court reporters who were protesting against assault of a woman by police in their custody at the court.



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  1. This is a pure case of murder and should not go unpunished. The trader was tourchered and finally he succumbed to his death. The authority must punish both the sub onspector and the officer in charge for the killing.

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