A man from Khulna has alleged that policemen from Khulna’s Khalishpur police station had gouged out his eyes after he refused to bribe them.
The victim, Shahjalal, is now undergoing treatment at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
Shahjalal said: “I went out to buy milk for my daughter in the evening, on July 18, when policemen arriving on three motorcycles picked me up saying that there were many complaints against me. They beat me up mercilessly at the police station and demanded Tk1 lakh for my release.
“When I said that I did not have the money, they took me out of the station saying that I would be admitted to the hospital. Then they took me to Bishwa Road area and gouged out my eyes after tying up my hands, feet and mouth.”
He said when only the driver of the police van was wearing uniform while the others were in plainclothes.
However, Khaliashpur police station Officer-in-Charge Nasir Khan claimed that it was the people who gouged out Shahjalal’s eyes after he was caught snatching a bag from one Suma Aktar near Khalishpur’s Golakhali rail line.
He said police later rescued him and took him to the police station.
The OC further said a woman who was hijacked filed a case against Shahjalal with the police station.
“Shahjalal is also accused in six to seven cases filed in different police stations,” he added.
Shahjalal’s wife Rahela Begum said: “Hearing the news that my husband was picked up by Inspector Rasel and Mamun, I rushed to the station. I was allowed to see my husband for Tk100. His eyes were fine at the time. Then a police officer said they would release my husband if we give them Tk1 lakh. Then they asked me to leave.
“I stayed in front of the police station that night and saw that the policemen took Shahjalal out of the station around 11:30pm. I kept waiting, but my husband was not brought back to the station on that night. Police later asked me to go to the hospital. I rushed there and found him lying on the floor.”
Dr Faridul Hasan of Dhaka Medical College said: “The injury is so severe that we are not sure whether he will get back his eye sight.
This story was first published in Bangla Tribune.