A police officer has been closed for torturing a man, who was arrested in a drug case, for refusing to pay a bribe in Gournadi, Barisal.
The family members of the arrestee, Monir Sardar, 22, have alleged that Monir faced torture at the hands of police for refusing to pay a Tk2 lakh bribe.
Gournadi police Officer-in-Charge (OC) Firoz Kabir said Assistant Sub-Inspector (SI) Md Mahiuddin had been closed in response to the complaint, but its veracity was in dispute.
Shilpi Begum and Yasmin Begum, the victim's sisters, complained that Monir was arrested on Tuesday and sustained a fractured arm from torture while he was police custody. They claimed Monir was secretly treated in a hospital prior to appearing before the court in his case on Wednesday.
The victim's father, Moslem Sardar, said: “A local rival has made a plot to get Monir falsely arrested in a drug case.”
Shilpi and Yasmin said: “When Monir returned home after spending three years in Qatar, SI Mahiuddin arrested him on Tuesday by showing an old warrant. After taking him to police custody, the SI demanded Tk 2 lakh from him, threatening to press further drug charges of possessing 500 yaba if his demand was not met.”
Monir was admitted at the Gournadi health complex at 10pm on Tuesday and he was then secretly transferred to a police hospital that night for treatment. He was presented at the court on Wednesday afternoon.
Dr Mahabub Alam Mirza, medical officer of Gournadi health complex, said: “Police brought a patient named Monir on Tuesday night at 10pm and said he has been rescued from a mob-beating. Monir was given first-aid here.”
On the other hand, SI Mohiuddin has denied being involved in the torture incident and said: “I do not know what happened after I brought Monir to police custody.”
In addition, Gournadi OC Firoz said: “Monir misbehaved with the police and fractured his arm from a fall when he attempted to run away when police went to arrest him. He was sent to the court after first-aid. Also, SI Mohiuddin has been closed from the police line in connection with the complaint lodged by Monir's family. Monir's family is, however, known for dealing drugs, and his elder brother Russell Sardar has 14 robbery cases against his name.”