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Kurigram journo Ariful sues former DC Sultana, RDC Nazim

A countrywide uproar was sparked by a midnight mobile court drive that jailed Dhaka Tribune journalist Ariful Islam

Update : 19 Mar 2020, 05:57 PM

Former Kurigram Deputy Commissioner Sultana Pervin and Senior Assistant Commissioner (RDC) Nazim Uddin among others have been accused in a case filed for the questionable arrest, incarceration, and torture of Dhaka Tribune journalist Ariful Islam.

The case was filed with Kurigram Sadar police station on Thursday, confirmed Kurigram Sadar police station OC Mahafuzzur Rahman.

According to the case statement, in order to silence Ariful and stop him from writing reports on the irregularities of Kurigram district administration, the then Kurigram DC Sultana Pervin sanctioned an illegal mobile court drive against Ariful early Saturday. 

Accordingly, Kurigram RDC Nazim Uddin, AC Rintu Biswas Chakma, and AC SM Rahatul Islam among 35/40 others broke into Ariful’s home and picked him up.

Ariful was then taken to the DC office, where he was tortured blindfolded and threatened with “an encounter”. He was then sent to jail for a year on charges of “possessing alcohol and marijuana”.

After making bail the next day, Ariful was taken to Kurigram Sadar Hospital, where doctors confirmed the signs of physical assault.

On Monday, three executive magistrates of Kurigram, including Senior Assistant Commissioner Nazim Uddin, were withdrawn following the countrywide uproar sparked by the midnight mobile court drive that jailed Dhaka Tribune journalist Ariful Islam.

Sultana Pervin was served a similar notice the night before.

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