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Woman tortured in custody: ASP, OC among 6 sued in Barisal

  • Published at 03:23 pm July 6th, 2021
Dhaka Tribune

Earlier on Monday, the officer-in-charge and inspector of Wazirpur police station were suspended over the incident

Six people, including three police officers, were sued on charge of torturing and sexually harassing a female suspect in police custody in Barisal’s Wazirpur police station.

The complainant mentioned the names of Ziaul Ahsan, officer-in-charge, and Mainul Islam, inspector (investigation) of Wazirpur police station. 

Besides, she also mentioned the designation of Wazirpur circle assistant superintendent of police and three other unnamed accused.

Momin Uddin, newly appointed inspector (investigation) of Wazirpur police station, said they recorded the case Monday night as per the woman's statement given before a magistrate on Friday.

Ziaul and Mainul have already been withdrawn in this connection.

Maruf Hossain, superintendent of police in Barisal, said they withdrew the two police officers as their names were clearly mentioned in the woman's statement.

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"We are investigating the incident," he said.

An additional superintendent of police has been given the charge to investigate the case, Momin said.

As the police personnel produced the woman before a court on Friday after two-day remand in a murder case, the woman told Judicial Magistrate Mahfuzur Rahman that Mainul, the investigation officer of the case, sexually harassed her and some other policemen tortured her.

Taking the allegations into cognizance, the court directed a health checkup on the woman and asked Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital's director to submit a report within 24 hours.

Doctors after conducting test submitted a report where they said injury marks were found on joints of both hands, neck and other parts of her body.

Inspector Mainul earlier denied the allegations and termed those "false". 

OC Ziaul Ahsan also claimed that the allegations were false.