Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Additional Commissioner Mizanur Rahman has been withdrawn over allegations of abducting a young woman at gunpoint and then forcing her to marry him.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal disclosed the information to reporters after a Police Week 2018 event in Rajarbagh, Dhaka on Tuesday.
Following the minister’s prior directive, police have already opened an investigation into the allegations against Mizanur, also a deputy inspector general (DIG). He came under fire after the incident was reported in multiple news outlets earlier this month.
Asaduzzaman also said Mizanur was attached to the Police Headquarters for the investigation, which would officially begin after the Police Week ends.
High-ups at the Police Headquarters also confirmed DIG Mizanur’s withdrawal from the DMP on Tuesday morning over the allegations, which also include an extramarital affair with a female news presenter of a private TV station.
In the last few days, multiple vernacular newspapers and television channels quoting the alleged victim, who said Mizanur had abducted the woman at gunpoint after picking her up from her house at Panthapath in Dhaka in July last year.
The DIG, who is also said to have a wife, allegedly took the woman first to 300-Feet Road in Khilkhet, adjacent to Bashundhara Residential Area, where the two had a heated argument before he beat her up and threatened to kill her with his service firearm to make her comply.
Then he reportedly took her to his Bailey Road home and kept her confined for three days. After that, Mizanur summoned the woman’s mother from Bogra and forced her, again allegedly at gunpoint, to marry her daughter off to him against a Tk50 lakh den mohor in the Kabinnama (marriage contract).
The victim woman claimed that Mizanur had threatened to kill both her and her mother that day if they did not agree to his terms.
Since then, she alleged that she and Mizanur had been living at a flat in the city’s Lalmatia area. She also said they did not have much trouble after that until she posted a photo of Mizanur on her Facebook profile and identified him as her husband.
Angered by her act, the DIG then allegedly tortured her both physically and mentally and forced her to take down the photo from Facebook.
Later, Mizanur accused her in a vandalism case, in which she was even sent to jail in December. However, after she secured bail, another case was filed against her for allegedly making a false Kabinnama.
She was granted bail in that case too, following which the woman talked to the media and raised the allegations.
DIG Mizanur, however, has denied all the accusations and claimed the woman was a fraud.
In December, the police official had also reportedly tried to abduct the female news presenter with whom he had an alleged extramarital affair.
He was stopped by public at Kuril Bishwa Road area after she broke a window of his car and cried for help, according to media reports.
Video footage of the news presenter’s rescue from the DIG’s car were also shared in the social networking sites. After that incident, coupled with his second wife’s allegations, Mizanur’s reported activities were severely criticized by different quarters, including on social media, leading to his withdrawal from DMP on Tuesday.