A Sylhet court has granted bail to an Awami League leader who humiliated a man in public for complaining about not receiving flood reliefs.
Abdul Basit Babul Mia was arrested on Sunday night after the victim, Lutfur Rahman Lokus, filed a case with Moglabazar police.
Basit insisted that he had made Lutfur to hold his ears and apologise to “save him from angry locals” at flood-hit Inat Alipur village under Daudpur union in Surma upazila on Thursday.
Images of Thursday's incident made rounds on social media, triggering massive criticism.
Moglabazar police's Officer-in-Charge Khairul Fazal told the Dhaka Tribune that Lutfur had accused union Awami Legue unit Joint Secretary Basit and 15 others over his humiliating experience.
Locals said Lutfur was publicly shamed and humiliated for giving an interview to Somoy TV where he alleged that he had not received flood reliefs.
But Lutfur, according to Daudpur UP Chairman HM Khalil, has been receiving the VGF (vulnerable group feeding) rice and Tk500 over the last three months.
Lutfur was asked to attend a meeting at the Union Parishad next day. The situation turned violent after it emerged that Lutfur was included in the UP's list for receiving relief.
During the altercation, Awami League leader Basit pulled Lutfur's ear and forced him to apologise.