Sobuj was arrested in February for a crime he did not commit
A man who was arrested by Jessore police—for a murder case—has been released in a case of mistaken identity.
His lawyer Mustafa Humayun Kabir confirmed that Sobuj Biswas, 24, was released on Wednesday after spending three months in prison.
Also known as Johnny, Sobuj was arrested on February 17.
Another Johnny was suspected of murdering Mithu Sheikh but Sobuj was sent to jail as the police mistook him as the murder suspect.
Jessore Kotwali police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Apurba Hasan, on May 22, admitted the mistake and issued a statement after they claimed to have arrested the actual suspect, Johnny.
The OC explained to the Dhaka Tribune: “Both Johnny and Sobuj’s fathers have the same names. They are both from the same area of the same district. That led to the mistaken identity.”
He said: “We arrested the suspect, Johnny, on May 19.”
On September 25, 2009, Mithu Sheikh was abducted from Poolerhat Bazar in Jessore sadar upazila. His body was found, the following day, in the Arichpur beel.
Mithu’s brother, Ismail Shiekh, filed a case naming nine people. The charge-sheet accused eight, including Johnny, 26.
Kotwali Sub-Inspector Sohel Rana mistakenly arrested Sobuj, who was subsequently sent to jail.
Sobuj’s father Khairul Biswas, had strongly protested the mistake. The matter eventually went to court where the investigation officer and warrant officer were told to further probe the matter and submit a report. This led the police to discover their mistake.