72-hour ultimatum issued demanding actions

Staff Correspondent . Sylhet | Published at 12:28am on October 19, 2020

The family members and neighbours of Raihan Ahmed, who was allegedly tortured to death in Bandarbazar outpost of Sylhet Kotwali police on October 11, gave a 72-hour ultimatum on Sunday to press home 5-point demands, including arrest of the police personnel involved in torturing him.

They issued the ultimatum at a news conference at the home of the victim’s parents at Neharipara in Akhalia area of the city in the noon.

They also demanded formation of a judicial committee to probe the torture incident, a directive by the inspector general of police to arrest the Bandar Bazar police outpost’s suspended in-charge Akbar Hossain Bhuiyan, also prime suspect in the killing incident, a detailed statement in this regard by the Sylhet Metropolitan Police commissioner and a proper compensation to Raihan’s family.

Raihan’s maternal uncle Shawquat Hossain read out a written statement on behalf of Raihan’s mother and also announced the 5-point demands on behalf of the local people at the news conference.

Local elites in the event threatened that a tough progeamme, including road blockade and strike, would be announced if the demands were not met within the stipulated time.

Awami League’s former organising secretary Misbah Uddin Siraj, Bangladesh Nationalist Party city unit’s former organising secretary Rezaul Hasan Lodi and Sylhet City Corporation’s local councillor Makhlesur Rahman Kamran, among others, addressed the programme.

Police claimed that Raihan, a compounder at a doctor’s chamber at Stadium Market in the city and father of a three-month-old girl, died of mass beating at Kastaghar in the city early morning of October 11 while he was trying to snatch money from a pedestrian.

But Rayhan’s widow Tahmina Akter Tanni claimed that he was tortured to death by the police after they failed to realise Tk 10,000 from him in bribe. She also filed a case with the Kotwali police in this connection on October 12.