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7 cops sued in Ctg over custodial torture allegation

7 cops sued in Ctg over custodial torture allegation

'Prison authorities do not accept a person without a medical certificate if his or her body bears any injury marks'

A college student has lodged a case with a Chittagong court against seven policemen, including the officer-in-charge of Lohagara police station in the city, under the Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention) Act-2013.

Anwar Hossain, a student of economics at Chittagong College, filed the case with the court of Chittagong Senior Judicial Magistrate Shiplu Kumar Dey on Thursday.

Officer-in-Charge Md Shahjahan, three sub-inspectors and three assistant sub-inspectors of the police station were named as accused in the case.

The court ordered that the civil surgeon in Chittagong submit a report to them within 24 hours of examining Anwar’s health, plaintiff’s counsel Upal Kanti Nath told the Dhaka Tribune.

Md Harun, Anwar’s elder brother, said that several plainclothes policemen, led by Sub-Inspector Fakhrul Islam, raided their house on May 12.

“My sister-in-law asked them if they were policemen. At one stage, they beat us up and picked up my younger brother Anwar, who was tortured in custody at the police station from 4pm to 11pm on that day,” Harun alleged.

Denying the allegation, OC Shahjahan claimed: “The police raided their house to arrest Harun, who is among the wanted accused in a sabotage case. However, Anwar and his family swooped on the police and took him away, leaving a policeman injured.

“A case was filed regarding the incident, and Anwar was shown arrested.”

He added that Anwar was produced before the court the following day, which sent him to jail.

“Prison authorities do not accept a person without a medical certificate if his or her body bears any injury marks,” the OC added.

Harun, however, claimed Anwar received treatment from Chittagong Medical College Hospital after securing bail in the case filed against him.

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