16 cops sued for enforced disappearance

Saifur Rahman Saif . Jessore | Published: 00:05, Nov 15,2017 | Updated: 23:44, Nov 14,2017

 
 

A woman filed a case with a magistrate court in Jessore on Monday accusing 16 cops, including 7 officials, of being involved in enforced disappearance of her only son in early April from Jessore district town.
The cops were posted to Jessore Kotwali police station when the alleged offence was committed, according to the case statement filed with senior judicial magistrate Shahinur Rahman by Hira Khatun, wife of Tauhidul Islam Khokon of Shankarpur in Jessore town.
In the complaint, the plaintiff stated that her only son Md Syeed disappeared after the cops picked up him and she suspected that Syeed had been killed by the cops as she did not pay Tk 2 lakh demanded by the police personnel, said her lawyer Ajit Kumar Das, lawyer of the complainant.
Jessore additional superintendent of police Salahuddin Shikder, however, denied that police members were involved in the disappearance of Syeed and termed the case false. ‘The case was filed to tarnish the image of the police,’ he claimed.
Taking cognisance of the case, the court ordered the police bureau of investigation to submit a report after an investigation into the case.
Hira named sub-inspectors HM Shahidul Islam, Amir Hossain and Hasanur Rahman, assistant sub-inspectors Rajon Gazi, Selim Hossain, Biplob Hossain and Selim Ahmed and constables Arifuzzaman, Rafiqul Islam, Md Ramjan, Habibur Rahman, Abu Bakar, Mizan Sheikh, Mahbubur Rahman, Rajibul Islam and Khokon Hossain as accused in the case.
The plaintiff stated that getting a phone call the she went to Jessore Paura Park at about noon on April 5, 2017 and witnessed that her son along with his friend Shaon were being picked up by some cops on a police van.
One of the cops told her to go to Kotwali as she wanted to know why her son was picked up.
She then went to the police station but she was not allowed to enter.
The police later demanded Tk 2 lakh for the release of Syeed.
She later came to know from newspaper reports that her son fled from the police.
The family were yet to know the whereabouts of Syeed. 

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