Update January 3, 2021

Dhaka 11-22 am, 26-July, 2021

Family says DB tortured college student to death

Mirajul Moin Joy

Brutal custodial torture by the Detective Branch (DB) of police caused the death of Law College student Rezaul Karim Reza, his family says, reports UNB.

Reza died at Barishal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH) on Saturday night.

His father Yunus Mia said Sub-Inspector Mohiuddin of DB picked up Reza from Hamid Khan Road on December 29.

The college student was brutally tortured in DB custody and was later produced before the court which sent him to prison.

He was taken to SBMCH on Jan 1 after his condition had deteriorated but he succumbed to his injuries.

SI Mohiuddin claimed that he had arrested Reza along with hemp and drugs on December 29 and handed him over to Kotwali Police Station that night.

On December 30, he was produced before a court and sent to jail for possessing drugs.

“He was not tortured in police custody,” Mohiuddin claimed.

An image of Reza’s body showed injury marks in both of his legs and he appeared to have been hit by blunt objects.

Barishal Central Jail’s Superintendent Proshanto Kumar Banik said Reza had been sick when they received him. “He was bleeding from the joint of his legs,” he said.

Banik said they took Reza to the hospital as his condition deteriorated on Saturday night but he died.

Nurul Islam, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Model Police Station, said they would take action against policemen if anyone is found guilty of torturing the college student.

In October last year, Sylhet City resident Raihan Ahmed, 34, was tortured to death at Bandarbazar Police outpost, alleged his family. An autopsy found 111 injury marks on his body.

In September last year, a Dhaka court sentenced three policemen to life term imprisonment and two police informants to seven years’ jail in a case filed over the custodial death of Ishtiaque Hossain Jonny in 2014. It was the first verdict under the Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention) Act.

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