Torture in Custody

Case filed against former Boalkhali OC

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:14, Dec 02,2020


A compensation case of Tk 5 crore was filed on Monday against 11 people, including former Boalkhali Police Station officer-in-charge Himangshu Kumar Das and seven other police officers for torturing a lawyer’s assistant and implicating him in two cases on false charges.  

The lawyer’s assistant, Samar Krishna Chowdhury, 60, also vice-president of Saroatali union Awami League under Boalkhali upazila in Chattogram, filed the case with the court of Patiya joint district judge Abdul Kader on Monday.

The accused are former Boalkhali Police Station OC Himangshu Das Rana, inspector (investigation) Mahbub Alam Akhand, sub-inspectors Ariful Islam, Atiqur Rahman, Abu Bakar Siddiq, Ripon Chakma and Delwar Hossain, assistant sub-inspector Alauddin, expatriate Sanjoy Das and his assistant Sajal Das and Saroatali Union Ward Number5 watchman Didarul Islam.

Plaintiff’s lawyer Goutam Chowdhury Partha said that the accused tortured Samar physically and mentally. So, Samar filed the Compensation case worth of Tk 5 crore.

Taking this into cognisance, the court ordered police to investigate the matter.

On May 27 2018, a team of seven policemen in plainclothes, led by SI Arif, picked up Samar from Chattogram city’s Court Building area at about 7:10pm and took him to Boalkhali Police Station.

He alleged that the police tortured Samar brutally with consent of OC Himangshu threatening him with death in gunfight.

On May 28, 2018, police placed Samar before a Chattogram court showing him arrested in two cases filed over drug and arms trades.

The court sent him to jail.

After walking out of jail on bail on July 12, 2018, Samar lodged a verbal complaint with the then superintendent of police of Chattogram and alleged that a land-related dispute with his relatives Swapan Das and Sanjoy Das, a Bangladesh-born British citizen, led the whole incident.

On July 26, 2018, OC Himangshu was attached to Chattogram Police Lines for filing the false cases against Samar.

He was later transferred to Armed Police Battalion. SI Arif and SI Atiq were also closed following the incident.

On August 29, 2019, district and sessions judge Mohammad Ismail Hossain ordered acquittal of Samar from the cases by accepting a PBI inquiry report which found no involvement of Samar in the cases.

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