An appeals court in Dhaka on Wednesday upheld a lower court verdict that had sentenced a former police officer to three years' imprisonment for torturing a former Dhaka University (DU) student.
Judge Md Zahidul Kabir of Fifth Additional Sessions Judge’s Court dismissed an appeal filed by Md Helal Uddin, the convicted officer-in-charge (OC) of Khilgaon police station, challenging the lower court verdict, reports Bangla Tribune.
On May 17, 2015, Dhaka’s Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Alamgir Kabir sentenced Helal Uddin to three years’ simple imprisonment for torturing then DU student Abdul Kadar with a machete while he was in custody and falsely implicating him in three cases in 2011.
The verdict was delivered in Helal's absence. The court on May 31, 2015 sent Helal to jail on surrender.
Kadar, earstwhile Master’s student of biochemistry and molecular biology, was detained on charges of robbery while he was returning to his dormitory after midnight on July 16, 2011.
At the police station, Helal stabbed on Kadar’s leg with a machete in a bid to make him confess to various crimes he had never committed.
Later, police implicated Kadar in three false cases. But following media outcry, the High Court on July 28, 2011 ordered the police to probe into the incident. Kadar was released on bail on August 3, 2011, 18 days after of his detention.
Helal and then sub-inspector Alam Badshah and assistant sub-inspector Shahidur Rahman of Khilgaon police were suspended in 2012. Kadar was acquitted of all the charges the same year. He sued Helal on January 23, 2012 for torturing him and filing false cases against him.
Kadar is now serving as a teacher at a government college.