According to police protocol, a suspended police officer had to report to the district police lines in plain clothes but Akbar did not do that
Akbar Bhuiyan, the Bandarbazar police outpost sub-inspector (SI) who was suspended following the recent death of a man in police custody in Sylhet, has reportedly gone missing, say police sources.
His mobile phone was found to be switched off since Tuesday morning and even his Facebook account had been deactivated, the sources, at the Sylhet Metropolitan Police (SMP), said while seeking anonymity.
According to police protocol, a suspended police officer had to report to the district police lines in plain clothes but Akbar did not do that, they said.
Moreover, the investigation of the case filed over the death of 34-year-old Rayhan Ahmed -- who was allegedly tortured by law enforcement members of the Bandarbazar police outpost -- was handed over to the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI).
Meanwhile, protests took place in different parts of Sylhet city demanding justice for the slain Rayhan.
Earlier on Monday, four police officers were suspended and three others were withdrawn from duty over the incident.
Sylhet Metropolitan Police’s (SMP) Additional Deputy Commissioner (Media) Jyortimoy Sarkar confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.
The seven officers were identified as sub-inspector (SI) Akbar Bhuiyan, in-charge of the city’s Bandarbazar police outpost, assistant sub-inspectors (ASI) Touhid Mia, Ashik Elahi and Kutub Ali, and Constables Titu Chandra Das, Harunur Rashid and Shajib Hossain.
Relatives said that Rayhan, 34, who lived in the city’s Akhalia Neharipara with his family, was severely beaten by policemen at that outpost after he was detained.
He died from his injuries at Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital in the early hours of Sunday.
However, police denied the allegation, claiming they found Rayhan in a wounded state in Kashtoghar area following a reported clash and had taken him to the hospital before he died.
Despite their claim, Nazrul Islam Munim, ward councillor of Sylhet City Corporation's Ward No 14, said that CCTV camera footage of the area did not confirm any such incident.
Police also claimed that Rayhan was an accused in two cases filed over drugs and mugging charges.
Then on Monday, Rayhan’s wife Tanni filed a case with Kotwali police station against several unknown people over her husband's death.
Rayhan’s uncle Habibullah on Sunday said he was told by officers of Bandarbazar outpost to bring Tk10,000 when he went to ask about his nephew.
When he went back with the money, he was told to go to the hospital where he found Rayhan dead.
Upon reaching the hospital morgue, Habibullah found Rayhan's body in the morgue.
He claimed there were bruises on various parts of Rayhan’s body, including the soles of his feet and behind the knees. His fingernails had also been removed.
Habibullah also alleged that the police had tortured and killed Rayhan inside the outpost -- a charge which the police have rejected.