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Torture under police custody : Court asks IGP to suspend two police officers

Update : 29 Aug 2013, 04:42 PM

A Chandpur court Thursday asked Inspector General of police (IGP) to explain why the two police officers should not be suspended for torturing a suspect under police custody.

Chandpur Joint District Judge Toufique Aziz issued the notice in connection with the complaint filed by Rafiqul Islam alias Lalu, who alleged that two police officers tortured him at Kochua police station.

Lalu’s prosecution paper described that two police officers Nurul Mottaqin, who is now officer-in-charge of Lalbagh police station under Dhaka Metropolitan Police, and Inspector Shohel Ahmed, who now serving in UN mission picked him up from Chandpur Court premises on February 2, 2005.

The accused police officers were serving at Kochua police station then.

Lalu alleged that his enemies’ prompting, the police officers socially and politically humiliated Lalu.

The duo placed a gun upon Lalu’s hand and lodged a false case against him, described his statement.

“During police remand, they lit high-powered electric bulb before my eyes that severely damaged my eye-sight. Needles were also shoved under my fingernails,” added his complaint paper.

Lalu was also put in a crossfire but survived luckily, the paper mentioned. The plaintiff demanded Tk5m as compensation for the physical and mental torture and financial loss, while he also demanded divisional actions against the accused officers, including their dismissal from service.

Lawyer of the plaintiff Md Helal Uddin said the court took cognisance of the case and served a show-cause notice to IGP in this regard.  

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