JL leader among 3 held for forcing rival to swallow faeces

Our Correspondent . Barishal | Published: 00:00, Oct 09,2019


Pictures from a video footage that goes viral show Juba League activists torturing and pouring urine on a youth at Hijla in Barishal. — New Age photo

Police on Tuesday arrested a union level Awami Juba League leader and two of his accomplices after a video clip went viral on social media that showed them forcing one of their rivals to drink a mixture of urine and human faeces at Hijla in Barishal.

Hijla police officer-in-charge Ashim Kumar Sarkar said police arrested three accused — Mahabub Sikdar, Abdur Rashid Matabbar and Kabir.

Filing of a case in this connection was under process and police continued  mdrives for arresting all the accused, he said.

Barishal superintendent of police Saiful Islam said none involved with such act would be spared.

The victim Azim Bepari , 26, said Mahabub Sikdar and Abdur Rashid called him out of his home to Taltala Mosque at Harinathpur in Hijla on September 30 to talk about a business deal.

‘As I reached there, Mahbub and his associates started torturing me and at one stage forced me to drink a mixture of urine and human faeces pinning me to the ground. They also recorded video of their act and later released it on social media to humiliate me,’ he said. The video went viral on social media on Sunday night.

Local people said Mahabub Shikdar was a leader of union unit Juba League and had rivalry over the share of land business for long with Azim’s family. They also resort to black magic against their rivals, they said.

Hijla unit Juba League president Kazi Liakat Hossain was not available for comment but upazila unit Swechchhasebak League president Shahidul Islam Khan Ripon said Mahabub Sikdar was involved with Juba League.

Mohiuddin Bepary, father of the victim Azim Bepari, said on Tuesday afternoon that he would file a case with Hijla police against six accused including the arrested three.

Mohiuddin said after the humiliation, he sent his sons to Dhaka as the accused were socially and politically influential.

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