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Petition filed to withdraw case against ex-ACC official who died in custody

  • Plaintiff feels remorse 
  • Says she was forced to file the case 
Update : 17 Oct 2023, 11:20 AM

A petition has been filed to withdraw the case registered against Sayed Mohammad Shahidullah, a retired ACC deputy director, who died in police custody in Chittagong. 

Rani Akhtar Tania, the plaintiff, filed the petition with the court of Chittagong Metropolitan Magistrate Kazi Shariful Islam on Monday.

The court took cognizance of the petition and set a date for the hearing on October 30.

Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, the plaintiff's lawyer, said Tania said she does not want to continue the case. 

In this regard, Tania told reporters: "Jasim, Liton, and Asaduzzaman forced me to file the case. The person (Shahidullah) died after the case was filed. So out of remorse, I withdrew the case. I want punishment for those who made me file this false case.”

Tania filed the case with the Chattogram Metropolitan Magistrate's Court on August 29. 

The court issued an arrest warrant on September 27. ACC's retired deputy director Syed Mohammad Shahidullah and his brother-in-law Mohammad Kaiser Anwar, 35, were made accused in the case.

Meanwhile, a case was filed with a Chittagong court regarding the death of the former ACC officer in police custody. 

Four police officers, including the officer-in-charge (OC) of Chandgaon police station, and five others have been implicated in the case.

Fauzia Anwar, the deceased officer's wife, filed the case on Monday in the court of Chittagong Metropolitan Sessions Judge Begum Jebunnessa.

The accused include Chandgaon police station OC Khairul Islam, Inspector Manibur Rahman, Assistant Sub-Inspectors Md Yusuf and Sohail Rana, SM Asaduzzaman, Jasim Uddin, Md Liton, Rani Akhtar Tania, and Koli Akhtar.

Sayed Mohammad Shahidullah, the retired ACC deputy director, was arrested on October 3 night near Chandgaon police station based on a warrant. 

After his arrest, Shahidullah felt unwell at the station.

Shahidullah's younger brother, who was present at the time, gave him an inhaler when he showed signs of a heart attack. 

Despite this, Shahidullah's condition worsened quickly. At the younger brother's urging, police rushed Shahidullah to Parkview Hospital, where a doctor declared him dead.

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