A group of people reportedly tortured a child along with his family on Sunday over false theft case
Police have arrested a man for reportedly torturing a child, along with his parents in Galachipa upazila of Patuakhali, making false allegations of theft.
The arrestee has been identified as Sohail Mridha, 38.
Galachipa police station Officer-in-charge (OC) Shawkat Anwar Islam confirmed the matter, adding: “The incident is being taken seriously.”
According to the case statement, Julel Mridha, of Fulkhali village in Galachipa upazila, called the 13-year-old boy from his house on Friday making false allegations that he stole a mobile phone.
Later, in front of the house of Rezaul Mridha, perpetrators tied the minor’s hands and feet and tied him to a mango tree and reportedly tortured him.
The alleged perpetrators are Jewel Mridha, Rakib Mridha of Fulkhali village, Sohail Mridha, Emadul Mridha and Zakir Mridha along with two or three others.
At one stage of the assault, they tied Rakib's father, Maqbul Kazi, with a gamcha (towel) to the boy's side and tortured him as well, in front of the boy.
When Maqbul lost consciousness, his wife, Morsheda Begum, rushed to the spot to save him. When she tried to rescue her husband, she was also reportedly tortured by the perpetrators.
The accused recorded the whole incident and uploaded it on Facebook. Later, they deleted the video after a case was filed with the Galachipa police station.
Despite filing a case, the minor’s family suffers from insecurity.
Dakua Union Parishad 8th ward member Arif Mia said: “The boy’s house is in my ward. I went to the spot and asked ward member No 9 to report the incident. I talked about resolving the issue legally.”
The minor who got tortured, while talking to Dhaka Tribune, said: "Rezaul Mridha called me from my house. When we got on the road, he put a mobile phone in my pocket, took me to his house, and shouted ‘thief’.”
“At this time, they [the perpetrators] tied me to a tree and hit me with a bamboo stick. They also threatened me of taking my eyes out with an iron rod,” he cried.
OC Shawkat said: “Morsheda, the mother of the child, has filed a case against Jewel Mridha, Rakib Mridha, and Sohail Mridha as main accused and named five other people.”
Drives are underway to arrest the other accused, said police.