Eleven cops and Ansar members, including the officer-in-charge (OC) of Khulna's Khalishpur police station, have been sued on the charge of damaging both eyes of a man while torturing him in their custody.
Renu Begum, the wife of the victim, Shahjalal, filed the complaint with the court of the chief metropolitan magistrate (CMM) on Thursday, accusing nine police personnel, two Ansar members and two residents of Khulna city, and naming 10 witnesses to the incident.
The accused are OC Nasim Khan, Sub-Inspector (SI) Russel, SI Tapash Ray, SI Morselim Mollah, SI Mizan, SI Mamun, SI Noor Islam, SI Syed Saheb Ali, Ansar Sepoy Afsar Ali, Ansar Lance Naik Rezaul, Suma Akhter, a resident of Old Jessore Road, and Russel, a resident of Shiromoni Badamtala area.
Taking cognisance of the complaint, CMM Amali Adalat Judge Shahidul Islam recorded the plaintiff’s statement and fixed September 17 for giving the order regarding the investigation and the trial process.
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Earlier on July 18, Shahjalal was shown arrested in a case filed by Suma Akhter over the attempted pilfering of her vanity bag near Khalishpur’s Golakhali rail line the same day.
The man was allegedly caught by some bystanders while snatching the bag. He reportedly underwent a mob beating there before being handed over to police.
Shahjalal is now undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. The doctors have performed two surgeries on him to enucleate his eyes.
Police have claimed that those involved in the beating are responsible for damaging his eyes.
However, the man alleges he was tortured by the policemen inside and outside of the police station on the night of his arrest after he refused to pay them a bribe.
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According to the First Information Report (FIR) of the case filed by Suma, the alleged theft occurred around 11:30pm.
However, some witnesses, as well as family members of the arrested, claimed that the incident took place a couple of hours earlier.
A departmental probe body was formed to investigate the matter on July 27.