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Putting an end to custodial deaths

  • Published at 11:00 pm January 21st, 2020
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This is nothing but a case of gross negligence of duty on the part of the officials present at the police station

The news of Abu Bakar Siddique Babu -- a floor in-charge of Bangladesh Film Development Corporation -- dying under police custody in the Tejgaon Industrial Police Station serves as a grim and shameful reminder of the horror that our law enforcement agencies inflict on those they have taken into custody.

It is unacceptable that the suspect -- regardless of his cause of death -- was found to have bruises and injury marks all over his body, proving that those at the police station did, in fact, torture him.

What makes the matter even more shameful is the fact that this torture was inflicted upon him even before he was officially sued and put on trial for his alleged crime.

It is most concerning that the officials would think that an individual who had not yet been proven to be guilty under the rule of law needed to be subjected to police brutality. This is nothing but a case of gross negligence of duty on the part of the officials present at the police station.

The unchecked use of force employed by our police officials is well documented; there have been numerous stories in the past about it.

While it is commendable that DMP Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam has said that a three-member probe committee has been formed to investigate this predicament, what must be addressed is the problem at large.

The problem is this unchecked use of force with impunity used at our police stations. It is no wonder that people believe that there is no safety for anyone detained at a police station, innocent or guilty.

We hope that the investigation is carried out diligently and those responsible for their negligence are subject to the punishment they deserve.