A teenage boy was allegedly tortured to death by police in Ananda Bazar area of Zanjira upazila of Shariatpur on Thursday night.
The deceased was identified as Pavel Sheikh, son of Abdur Rouf Sheikh of village Krishnanagar Purbakajikandi in Bibeknagar union.
Pavel had sat for his Higher Secondary Certificate examination this year from Bibeknagar Bangabandhu College.
Victim’s family members alleged that when Pavel and his cousin Shanta Sheikh were standing by a road in the marketplace area, a police team approached them.
A policeman got down from the police vehicle and started checking the pockets of Pavel’s trousers.
At one stage, the policeman began beating Pavel until he collapsed onto the ground.
The police team then took the college boy to Shariatpur Sadar Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Denying the allegation, Md Belayet Hossain, officer-in-charge of Zanjira police station, said that the police did not beat Pavel. ‘Pavel was an epilepsy patient which might have been the reason behind his death,’ he said.
Police super of the district Abdul Momen also denied the allegation, saying that the police had tried to check his pockets when he collapsed and died.
However, victim’s father Abdur Rouf Sheikh claimed that his son was fully fit and had never experienced any episode of epilepsy.
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