Journalist Torture

Police begins probe as abduction case filed against ex-Kurigram DC, RDC, ADCs

M Moneruzzaman | Published: 23:05, Apr 02,2020


The police on Thursday began an investigation into the case of humiliating, beating and threatening to kill Kurigram journalist Ariful Islam after he was abducted by two assistant deputy commissioners, one revenue deputy collector and Kurigram deputy commissioner Sultana Parveen.

The accused were acting on an order issued by Sultana Parveen in the name of conducting a mobile court on March 13.

Three other named in the case were assistant commissioners Rintu Kumar Chakma and SM Rahatul Islam, and RDC revenue collector Nazim Uddin. The DC and her colleagues were all withdrawn and attached to public administration ministry after the incident sparked country-wide condemnations.

‘The case investigation officer Razu Sarkar, also the officer-in-charge (investigation) at the Kurigram police station, visited my home and spoke to my neighbour,’ Ariful Islam told New Age Thursday.  

‘We will do whatever necessary to carry out the investigation,’ Kurigram superintendent of police Mohibul Islam told New Age.

In the afternoon of March 31, Kurigram police station’s officer-in-charge Mahfuzer Rahman recorded Arif’s case against the then DC, and the three officers as per directive given by the High Court Division on March 23.

In the case, Arif alleged that the DC, her colleagues had committed 11 types of crimes against him.

The case was filed under section 323 of the Penal Code for grievously injuring Arif and section 364 of the Penal Code for abducting him with the intention of killing him.

Both the sections are non-bailable and prescribe life imprisonment.

In the dead of night of March 13, a taskforce of 40-members along with a mobile court of RDC Nazim Uddin trespassed on Arif’s home, breaking open the door and beating him up after getting him blind-folded and then they took him to the office of DC Sultana.  

Later, the mobile court sentenced Arif, Bangla Tribune’s Kurigram correspondent, to one year’s jail on a charge of carrying 100 grams of marijuana and 450 grams of ethyl alcohol, allegations that were later proved baseless.

On March 14, the district magistrate’s court, however, granted bail to Arif though no bail petition was filed by his family.

Arif was later released from jail.

Sultana Parveen had previous enmity with Arif over re-excavation and renaming of a pond in her own name after Arif reported it alongside the corruptions the Kurigram district administration was involved in.

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