Constable Titu arrested in Sylhet custodial death case

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:53, Oct 20,2020 | Updated: 17:04, Oct 20,2020


The Police Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday arrested constable Titu Chandra Das over the death of Raihan Ahmed in police custody.

PBI deputy inspector general Banaj Kuman confirmed the arrest of the suspended Sylhet police constable.

On Monday, three police constables who were on duty at Bandar Bazar police outpost on October 11, when Raihan was allegedly tortured to death, gave statements before a Sylhet court.

The police claimed that Raihan, 35, a compounder at a doctor’s chamber in Stadium Market area in the city, died in a mob beating on October 11 while he was trying to snatch money of a pedestrian.

But the victim’s widow Tahmina Akter Tanni alleged that Raihan was tortured to death by the police after they had failed to realise Tk 10,000 demanded in bribe. She filed a case with Kotwali police on October 12.

Sylhet Metropolitan Police suspended its Kotwali police station’s Bandar Bazar outpost officer-in-charge Akbar Hossain Bhuiyan, constables Harunur Rashid, Tauhid Mia, and Titu Chandra Das for their suspected involvement in torturing Raihan to death.

Akbar, the prime accused of the murder case, is on the run since the allegation has surfaced.

A three member committee headed by an assistant inspector general has been formed investigate whether anyone helped sub-inspector Akbar to flee away.

The committee would submit its report within five working days, said police headquarters assistant inspector general for media Sohel Rana.

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