The policemen have denied allegations that they physically abused the trader
Eight policemen have been withdrawn from their duties, for reportedly beating a meat trader to death, in Gopalpur, Tangail.
Tangail Superintendent of Police Sanjit Kumar Roy announced this around 11pm on Friday.
The deceased is Abdul Hakim, 55 from the Jhawail village.
Sanjit Kumar said: “We have withdrawn the eight policemen from duty, and formed a three-member committee to investigate the incident.
“As soon as the probe committee turns in their report, we will take further action.”
Apart from this, two separate investigation committees have been formed. The committees have been asked to submit their reports within five working days.
A three-member probe committee has been constituted, led by Additional Superintendent of Police (Sadar) Masudur Rahman Monir, which started work on Saturday.
Besides, a medical inquiry committee, headed by Gopalpur Upazila Health Family Planning Officer Dr Alim Al Razi, was also formed.
Meanwhile, on Friday night, due to pressure from locals, and Gopalpur Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Bikash Biswas, an initial report was prepared.
Hakim was gambling on Friday evening, when some policemen—led by Gopalpur police station Sub-Inspector (SI) Taher, and SI Ashraf— reportedly arrived at the spot, and conducted a raid.
Four people—Suruzzaman, Haradhan Chandra, Gouranga Chandra, and Ripon—were detained.
Hakim was reportedly beaten badly by the police during the raid, and was subsequently taken to the upazila health centre by locals. The doctor on duty, Alim Al-Raji, declared him dead.
The policemen have denied all allegations that they manhandled the trader.
Gopalpur police station OC, Al Mamun told Dhaka Tribune that Hakim tried to run from the scene when the police arrived — putting pressure on his heart.
He added that Tk5,800, and playing cards were recovered from the scene.
Locals from Jhawail have staged protests on the Gopalpur-Jhawail road. The agitated locals set fire to stacks of hay to convey their contempt. They demanded justice for Hakim.
Six policemen were injured while trying to regain control of the situation.
Hakim’s family demanded exemplary punishment of the policemen who reportedly beat him.
Upazila Parishad Chairman Rafiqul Islam Talukdar of Jhawail union parishad said: “Hakim’s death is suspicious. We need a swift investigation into the matter to determine what exactly happened that led to his demise.”