Student Torture in Police Custody

High Court orders judicial inquiry

M Moneruzzaman | Published: 01:14, Jul 07,2020


The High Court on Monday asked the Jashore district judge to hold an inquiry into the allegation that the kidneys of Kazi Nazrul Islam Degree College’s second-year student Emran Hossain were damaged due to torture in the police custody, whom police called a drug peddler.

The online bench of Justice JBM Hassan also directed the district judge to submit his report to the court within 60 days after conducting the probe by a judge not below the rank of joint district judge.

The bench ordered the judicial probe as Emran’s parents and their lawyer Humaun Kabir Pallob submitted in the online court that Emran was no drug peddler as claimed by Jashore superintendent of police and the civil surgeon in a separate report.

Police also said in its report that they arrested Emran after chasing him for two kilometres as he ran in fear because he was carrying cannabis.

The civil surgeon in his report said that Emran was found negative in the dope test because of taking medicines for his convulsion and kidney problems although he, according to his uncle, used drug on several occasion.

Lawyer Humaun Kabir submitted that the civil surgeon prepared his report on being influenced by the police to save the police men responsible for torturing Emran.

Police and the civil surgeon submitted separate reports to comply with a directive issued earlier after hearing in online a public interest litigation of lawyer Humaun Kabir Pallob.

He filed the writ petition on June 18 seeking an order to compensate the victim and bear his cost of treatment.

The lawyer in the writ petition said that Imran Hossain, 22, an inhabitant of Shahbajpur village of Sadar upazila of the district, was subjected to inhuman torture on June 3 after he was returning home from the Saluabazar with one of his friends from his locality.

When the victim and his friends reached Jessore University of Science and Technology, policemen from Sajiali police outpost challenged them and started to search the bags of his friends.

As Imran got scared and began to run in panic the policemen caught him and after a heavy beating, he lost his consciousness.

Later Imran was taken to a local pharmacy where the cops reportedly inserted packs of ‘marijuana’ into his pocket.

The policemen called Imran’s father Nikar Ali and demanded from him Tk 25,000 to free his son. Later he was released on receiving Tk 6,000 from his father.

They also asked the man not to disclose the matter to anyone.

Three days after the incident, Imran complained of severe abdominal pain and when he was admitted to Jashore Medical College Hospital the doctors found that both of his kidneys were damaged.

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