Police have refuted allegation of beating a man to death for not bribing them, claiming that he had died of a heart attack.
Locals at the city's Mahiganj Balatari have staged protests demanding arrest of the policemen, who they say “tortured Nurunnabi to death”.
Relatives of the victim said a police team led by sub-inspectors Tarek and Tofazzal came to Nurunnabi's house on Saturday morning and handcuffed his younger brother Golzar Hossain.
Police demanded Tk1.2 lakh bribe and beat him as he refused to comply. Golzar gave Tk80,000 and the police officers ordered him to pay the rest before noon, they alleged.
Nurunnabi's wife Arzina Begum said: “Police handcuffed my husband and brother-in-law and tortured them. They released Golzar after he gave them Tk80,000 but beat my husband to death as he refused to give them Tk1 lakh bribe.”
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Nurunnabi was allegedly beaten to death in front of his family. (Photo: Collected)[/caption]
Police left the scene in a hurry with Nurunnabi's body, telling relatives that he was being taken to the Rangpur Medical College Hospital for treatment.
Fazlul Karim, in charge of RMCH dead house, said police went there in the morning with a body and “just told me to keep it here”.
Kotwali police's Officer-in-Charge ABM Jahidul Islam said a motorcycle thief had named Nurunnabi as an accomplice. “Police went to his house in that connection. Nurunnabi died of heart failure when he ran to evade arrest.”
But Nurunnabi's wife says her husband was in Dhaka at the time of the bike theft. “He was completing formalities to go to Hong Kong.”
Rangpur police chief Mizanur Rahman told reporters that they formed a three-member committee to look into the incident.
“It has been asked to file report within three business days. We will take actions based on the findings,” he added.
Nurunnabi's brother Golzar said police came to their house in the morning and handcuffed him. “They said I was accused of stealing a motorcycle. I told them that I dealt in electronics and showed them my trade licence.
“But sub-inspectors Tarek and Tofazzal demanded Tk1.2 lakh as bribe and threatened to arrest me for motorcycle theft if I refused. They extorted Tk80,000 from me and gave me until noon to pay the rest. But police handcuffed my elder brother Nurunnabi and beat him dead in front of me.”