Kurigram Journalist Torture

High Court asks police to prosecute DC, NDC

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:25, Mar 24,2020


The High Court on Monday directed the Kurigram police station officer-in-charge to record an attempt-to-murder case against former Kurigram deputy commissioner Sultana Parveen, former revenue collector Nazim Uddin, former assistant commissioners Rintu Kumar Chakma and SM Rahatul Islam for their involvement in torturing, beating and jailing Kurigram journalist Ariful Islam.

The court also asked the government and the DC, RDC and the ADCs to explain why the proceedings of the mobile court that sentenced Ariful for one year should not be declared illegal.

Ariful was punished on charge of carrying 100 grams of marijuana and 450 grams of ethyl alcohol, but the allegations were later found baseless.

The vacation bench of Justice Md Ashraful Kamal and Justice Sardar Md Rashed Jahangir issued the directive after hearing a writ petition filed by Bangla Tribune’s executive editor Harun Ur Rashid challenging the legality of detaining and jailing his colleague.

During the hearing, the court observed that the mobile court committed many mistakes, namely Arif was punished for taking alcohol, but he was arrested for possessing alcohol.

The incident of torturing and jailing Bangla Tribune’s Kurigram Correspondent Ariful Islam by the mobile court led by Nazim Udidn triggered widespread condemnation. 

On March 13, a mobile court in the name of illegal task-force of 40 members trespassed into Ariful Islam’s home by breaking the door on the instruction of the deputy commissioner Sultana Parveen who had previous enmity with Arif.

On March 14, the district magistrate’s court, however, granted Ariful bail without filing of any bail petition by his family.

He was later released from jail.

Later, the government withdrew the DC, RDC and ADCs and attached them to the public administration ministry for committing misconducts.

The task-force led by deputy collector Nazimuddin blind-folded and beat up Arif after taking him to the office of DC Sultana and jailed him for one year on the fictitious charge of possessing narcotic substances.

Sultana Parveen had previous enmity with Arif over re-excavation and renaming a pond in her own name after Arif reported it and reported about corruption by the district administration.

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