Police say Nikhil's death was an accident and no complaints were lodged over his death
A farmer, who had his spinal cord broken in three places after he was allegedly beaten by police, has died while undergoing treatment at the National Institute of Traumatology & Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (NITOR) in Dhaka on Wednesday.
The deceased, Nikhil Karmakar, of Gopalganj’s Kotalipara was playing cards with his friends at the Ramshil Bazar when the incident took place on Tuesday, said Iti Karmakar, Nikhil's wife.
According to her statement, Kotalipara police arrived on the scene when Nikhil and his friends were playing cards. As soon as the police arrived, his friends ran, leaving Nikhil apprehended by Assistant Sub Inspector Shamim Uddin.
ASI Shamim then beat Nikhil for playing cards and broke his spine in three places, which the test showed later. He was then taken to NITOR, where he died while undergoing treatment.
Quoting the family sources, Ramshil UP Chairman, Khokon Bala, said: "Nikhil was known to be a well-mannered man. If the police engage in this sort of crime where would we go for justice."
Contacted, the accused ASI Shamim Uddin said: "I won’t comment on the matter. If you have any question you can ask the OC."
Kotalipara police station OC Sheikh Lutfar Rahman said: "As far as I know, Nikhil was critically injured after hitting a tree while evading from the police. He died while undergoing treatment."
Gopalganj Superintendent of Police Md Saidur Rahman Khan said: "As per my knowledge, Nikhil's death was an accident. We haven’t received any complaint of police brutality, but if we do we will surely investigate the incident."