Superintendent of Gazipur Police Md Harun-or-Rashid said: “We have suspended Biplob Hossain, ASI of Tongi Model police station, immediately to calm the local people as a rumour had spread in the area that Johura Begum, an expecting mother, died after ASI Biplob kicked her womb.
Hearing the news, people of the locality got angered.
“Though, during a primary inquiry, we have found that the ASI was not guilty,” said the SP.
Rana Mia, husband of the victim said: “ASI Biplob along with other policemen conducted a drive in Tongi Bank field slum area around 3:30am on Tuesday. During the drive the cops stormed into our house and demanded bribe to my wife Johura alleging that we are involved in drug dealing and prostitution.
“Being afraid, Johura gave Biplop Tk5,000. But Biplop refused to take the money and kicked on her womb, leaving her critically injured,” said Rana.
On the following morning, Jahura was taken to Tongi Abeda Hospital. As her condition deteriorated, she was shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.
Firoz Talukder, Officer-in charge of Tongi Model police station, said: “Johura Begum had claimed that ASI Biplob beat up her while the our officer denied her allegation. We are conducting an inquiry to know the actual matter.”
Ignoring the allegation the accused ASI Biplob said: “Johura is a drug dealer. On the day the we caught her red handed with Yaba tablets but we did not arrest her as she was very sick.”
“Being informed about her sickness, I also gave her Tk2,500 for her treatment,” the ASI said.