A 65-year-old tanner died in police custody on Tuesday two days after he was picked up with his two sons and two nephews from their house at Hazaribagh in Dhaka on Sunday night over a robbery case filed by one of their neighbours.
The tanner, Shah Alam, of Lakshmipur origin, fell sick during a court hearing in the Old Town of Dhaka.
He was first taken to nearby National Medical College Hospital, but doctors referred him to Dhaka Medical College Hospital as his condition deteriorated.
DMCH doctors declared him dead at about 5:30pm, the family said.
Shah Alam was one of the owners of FM Leather Complex.
Hazaribagh police officer-in-charge Mir Alimuzzaman claimed Shah Alam was made accused in a robbery case filed by his neighbour Abdur Rahman.
‘He was in good health so we placed him to the court but he fell sick when he was on the dock. We rushed him to the hospital and later he died,’ Alimuzzaman claimed.
Victim’s daughter Umme Kulsum told New Age that the police arrested her father, two brother—Osman Gani and Murad Hossain, and two of their cousins from their house at Hazaribagh on Sunday night without any warrant.
‘They were kept in the police custody, tortured, and we were not told the reason for what they were arrested,’ said Umme Kulsum.
Alimuzzaman claimed they were not arrested on Sunday night rather on Monday, but could not specify time of the arrest.
Umme Kulsum said on Monday evening they came to know that there was a case against 11 persons, including her father and other family members.
‘My father was sick and we even supplied the medicine to give him when he was in police custody, but he was not given those. He saw his sons were tortured, and that led him to the death,’ said the victim’s daughter.
She said they had enmity with one of their neighbours Abdur Rahman for many years.
‘Abdur Rahman came under attack on Sunday and he blamed us for this and used police to harass us,’ said Kulsum.
Abdur Rahman could not be reached immediately.
The body was kept at Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue until the reported was filed at 8:30pm.
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