• Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020
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Writ filed with High Court seeks judicial inquiry into Sylhet custodial death

  • Published at 06:01 pm October 13th, 2020
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The family of the victim claims he was killed in police custody while police claims they found the victim in a wounded state

A writ has been filed with the High Court seeking an independent and impartial judicial inquiry into the death of a man who was allegedly tortured in police custody at Sylhet. 

Supreme Court lawyer Syed Fazla Elahi filed the writ petition on Tuesday. 

The secretary of the Home Ministry, inspector general of police (IGP), Sylhet Metropolitan Police commissioner, deputy commissioner of police, and superintendent of police (SP) have been made respondents to the writ.

On Sunday, a 32-year-old man in Sylhet died in police custody following torture, his family alleged.

Police, however, have denied the allegation, claiming they found the man in a wounded state and had taken him to a hospital where he died.

While the family alleged police beat Rayhan, who lived in the city’s Akhalia Neharipara, to death, police countered that he died from injuries sustained during a reported clash in Kashtoghar area.

The CCTV footage of Sylhet City Corporation found no proof of the alleged clash, in which police had earlier claimed that Rayhan was killed.

Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital’s Emergency Medical Officer Dr Zaman confirmed Rayhan Ahmed’s death at the casualty ward in the early hours, soon after police brought him in around 6:30am.

Sylhet Metropolitan Police’s Additional Deputy Commissioner (Media) Jyortimoy Sarkar said the matter will be investigated.

According to rights organization Ain o Salish Kendra, 52 people died in the custody of different security agencies including police — under different circumstances — between January and September this year around the country.

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