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Court orders judicial probe into Mirpur custodial death

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Staff reporter

A Dhaka court on Sunday ordered judicial investigation into the custodial death of young businessman Mahbubur Rahman Sujan.

Metropolitan Session’s Judge Zahirul Haque passed the order after victim’s wife Mamtaz Sultana Lucy filed a case with the court against 10 people, including officer-in-charge (OC) Salauddin and sub-inspector Jahidur Rahman Jahid of Mirpur Model Police Station in connection with the death of her husband in police custody.

The other accused are assistant sub-inspector Raj Kumar and constables Asad and Rashedul of the police station and five police sources -- Nasim, Palash, Foysal, Khokan and Mithun.

According to the case statement, SI Jahid arrested Mahbubur Rahman Sujan, 35, who used to deal in garment scraps, from the city’s Shankar area in the early hours on July 13.

After making the arrest, SI Jahid allegedly tortured Sujan brutally in Mirpur thana hajat.

As Sujan fell sick, he was admitted to a local clinic and then shifted to Suhrawardy Hospital at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar where doctors declared him dead in the morning of July 13.

As family members of the victim alleged that Sujan was tortured to death, SI Jahid was closed to Rajarbagh Police Lines later in the day. An unnatural death (UD) case was then filed with the police station.

On July 16, Mirpur thana police arrested SI Jahid Rahman from Shialbari in Rupnagar Police Station of the city.

Police sources said Mirpur thana police received the postmortem report of Sujan on that day, which revealed Sujon died due to ‘homicide’ that prompted the authorities to arrest SI Jahid.

On July 17, SI Rafiqul Islam Khan filed a case against eight people, including Jahid, with the Mirpur police station in this connection.

On the day, a court granted a five-day remand for detained police officer and his source Nasim Sheikh each in connection with the custodial death.