Former Kurigram senior assistant commissioner Nazim Uddin, who was withdrawn in March amid huge criticism over torturing a journalist in a midnight anti-narcotic drive, has been suspended in an apprehension that his activities could further ‘embarrass the administration’.
The public administration ministry issued a gazette notification to this effect on August 5 mentioning that Nazim could create more ‘occurrences’ if he was given posting at a time when a department proceeding was going on against the young officer.
The order signed by public administration secretary Shaikh Yusuf Harun said that allegations against Nazim, now attached to the ministry as senior assistant secretary, were grave.
Ariful Islam Regan, Kurigram correspondent of online news portal Bangla Tribune, was allegedly tortured by Nazim at the deputy commissioner’s office.
The ‘mobile court’ led by Nazim detained Ariful raiding his house at dead of night on March 13, took him to the DC office and then sent him to jail convicting him for one-year jail term for ‘possessing’ narcotics.
The then Kurigram deputy commissioner Sultana Pervin along with Nazim and two other executive magistrates were withdrawn to the public administration ministry.
The torture incident triggered widespread condemnation.
Journalists said that Ariful was tortured apparently for his reporting on corruptions of the district administration.
Nazim was also accused of humiliating several people at his previous workplaces and his colleagues from 33rd BCS batch also recalled his rowdy behaviour during his basic training.
On November 11, 2018, Nazim was transferred to Rangamati’s Langadu from Cox’s Bazar Sadar after a video showing him humiliating an elderly man went viral on social media.
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