CCTV footage shows that Liton hanged himself using part of his blanket in lockup, claim police
A 43-year-old man accused in a drug case died at Uttara East police station early on Tuesday, while on a two-day remand.
The deceased was identified as Md Liton, 45, of Kahalu upazila in Bogra district.
Police, however, claimed that they had examined CCTV footage inside the lock-up and termed it a suicide.
Saiful Islam, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Uttara Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), said that Liton had hanged himself by using part of his blanket and the ventilator in the lock-up.
His autopsy was completed in Shaheed Ahsan Ullah Master General Hospital in Tongi, without sending the body to Dhaka hospitals, raising concerns among family members whether the custodial death was suicide.
Examining the CCTV camera in the lock-up law enforcers came to know Liton committed suicide around 3am, within a day of being placed on remand, Saiful said.
“He was rushed to the nearby Shaheed Ahsan Ullah General Hospital in Tongi. The on duty doctor there declared Liton dead,” he added.
“We have formed a three-member committee headed by an additional deputy commissioner to investigate the incident and asked it to submit a report within 72 hours," the DC added.
Police said the deceased was an accused in at least four cases over drug peddling.
The son of the deceased, Wahedul Islam, however said his father was a truck driver.
“My father, who had been living in Narayanganj for the last few months, was a drug addict, but not a peddler. We were informed two days ago by my father’s truck owner that he had been arrested," he said.
"Uttara East police called us in the morning and asked us to rush to Dhaka, saying that my father was very sick," the son added.
“The police official told us they would pay the fare once we reached there. He did not inform us about his death,” Wahedul told journalists in Bogra.
Later in the afternoon, Kahalu police station officials told the family that Liton had died.