Five policemen accused of raping a woman in police custody
Police headquarters closed Khulna Government Railway police station OC Osman Gani, and Sub-Inspector (SI) Nazmul Haq, for “dereliction of duty” following allegations of their involvement in the gangrape of a woman in custody.
Kushtia Railway Circle Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Firoz Ahmed, who is heading a committee to probe the allegation, confirmed this to Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday.
Police also identified three other policemen who were present at the police station at the time.
The others are SI Gautam Kumar, and constables Miraz and Harun. No action has been taken against them.
The Khulna police probe committee could not speak with the woman as she is now in police custody.
“We have sought the court’s permission to speak with the woman for further details. However, we will talk to her family members in the meantime,” ASP Firoz said.
The committee has been ordered to submit their report within a week.
In the official order signed by Superintendent of Police (SP) Mohammad Nazrul Islam of Pakshi Railway Police, requiring the formation of a committee, it says that six to seven people were reportedly complicit in the gangrape.
Contacted by phone call and SMS, SP Nazrul did not respond for comment.
However, two probe committees have been formed so far.
Police headquarters has formed a second probe committee which includes Railway Police superintendent of police (administration) Shehela Parvin, ASP Mustafa of Police Headquarters, and Ishwardi Railway Circle ASP, Aminur Rahman.
This latter committee reached Khulna on Wednesday afternoon.
Shehela Parvin told Dhaka Tribune that she could not comment on the matter as they were just starting their probe.
The forensic report to verify the woman’s court statement has not been completed.
According to the woman's brother-in-law, she was apprehended by OC Osman Gani around 7pm on August 2, at Khulna railway station on allegations of stealing a mobile phone.
On Saturday, police brought her to court on a drug case, with five bottles of phensedyl.
However, on Sunday, when the woman was in court for her bail hearing, the woman accused OC Osman Gani and four other policemen, of gangraping her.
To verify her statement, the court ordered a medical checkup for her at Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH).
The case accused OC Osman of bribing the woman's family with a hefty amount of money to cover up his alleged crime.
But the OC earlier denied the allegation, saying: "The woman cooked up the story to avoid the drug case."