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Rickshaw van puller dies in police custody, writ seeking judicial inquiry filed

  • Published at 09:20 pm July 12th, 2020
Since 2014, a total of 285 people have reportedly died in custody in Bangladesh, including 119 convicts and 166 under-trial prisoners, according to Ain o Salish KendraSyed Zakir Hossain
Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The writ also sought the High Court’s directive for taking departmental action against any police personnel involved in the incident

A writ has been filed with the High Court seeking judicial inquiry into the death of rickshaw-van puller Afser Ali, 35, while in police custody. 

The writ also sought the High Court’s directive for taking departmental action against any police personnel involved in the incident. 

The home ministry secretary, the inspector general of police, the Chapainawabganj superintendent of police, and the officer-in-charge of Chapainawabganj sadar model police station, were made respondents of this writ petition.

Supreme Court lawyers, Advocate Yadia Zaman and Advocate Sahinujjaman Shahin, filed the writ petition on behalf of the human rights organization Ain o Salish Kendra. Reports published by several newspapers on the death of Afser Ali were also attached to the writ. 

According to the lawyers, the Chapainawabganj superintendent of police claimed that Afser Ali had committed suicide.

“He said police took Afser to the hospital after they noticed him in the station’s video footage,” they added.

“However, the doctor who checked him at the hospital said Afser felt pain in his chest and died due to that,” the lawyers said.

Contradicting previous statements, the Chapainawabganj sadar police station OC said police took Afser to the hospital after he felt sick, and the duty-doctor declared him dead on arrival.

So there are varying accounts of Afser’s death given by different people.

Afser’s wife, on the other hand, claimed that her husband was killed.

The Supreme Court lawyers said on July 5, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested Afser Ali with 1.195 kg of heroin from Shuknapara in Bagdanga of Chapainawabganj sadar upazila. 

Police took him into custody after a court granted their plea for Afser’s remand on July 6. Around midnight on the same day, police informed Afser’s family about his death.

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