Police have handed over the body of suspected Ashkona collaborator Abu Hanif Mridha, who died in RAB custody, to his family at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Hanif’s brother Abu Halim collected the body from the hospital morgue on Tuesday afternoon.
Hanif, a businessman from Dhaka’s Rayerbazar, died in the custody of Rapid Action Battalion from cardiac arrest on Friday, after being allegedly detained near the Ashkona camp that day, right after the suicide bombing in the area.
Airport police station OC Nur-e-Azam Miah told the Dhaka Tribune: “We handed over the body to Hanif’s brother after getting clearance from the high officials around 4pm.”
On the other hand, Abu Halim said they had to wait from 1pm for the clearance.
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Earlier, Hanif’s family claimed that he was picked up by plainclothes men, who introduced themselves as DB police officials, on February 27 near Kanchpur bridge, and they filed a GD in this regard with Siddhirganj police station on March 4.
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Halim Mridha, the victim’s brother, claimed in the GD that Hanif and his friend Sohel were picked up by some law enforcers in a HiAce microbus while they were returning to Dhaka after attending Charmonai Pir’s mahfil in Barisal.