A pregnant woman has attempted suicide by taking poison, allegedly after failing to bribe to Detective Branch (DB) members who threatened to indict her son in a drug peddling case.
Sabina Begum, 32, had attempted suicide by taking insecticide at her residence on Monday morning.
Jessore General Hospital Senior Staff Nurse Chameli Begum told the Dhaka Tribune that their patient Sabina, wife of Abdul Gafur Mian from Shahartali area in Jessore, was under treatment and an ultrasonograph had been conducted to learn the condition of the foetus following the attempt.
Talking to reporters at her hospital bed, Sabina claimed DB Sub-Inspectors Biplob Hossain and Alamgir Hossain had arrested her husband Gafur several times in the past for drug peddling cases, adding that the family had to bribe the SIs to secure his release from custody.
Gafur surrendered before the deputy inspector general of Jessore police in March this year and vowed to return to normal life.
According to Sabina, DB members reportedly visited Gafur's house last Sunday and attempted to extort money from them, threatening to frame charges against Gafur's son in a yaba peddling case if the money was not given.
Officer-in-Charge of Jessore DB Imaul Hauqe denied the allegations, saying no member of police had visited Gafur's residence on the Sunday claimed.
Gafur and all of his family members are involved in drug peddling, he said, adding that disciplinary measures would be taken against the accused police officers if the allegations of extortion were proven after investigation.