Probe found it was a case of mistaken identity
Day labourer Mintu Mollah was on Thursday released from Jessore Central Jail after spending four months behind bars for a crime he did not commit.
A court in Jessore ordered his release after the matter was brought to notice.
Police had arrested Mintu in place of Ashraf Ali in a loan default case and he was later sent to judicial custody, according to Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) Jessore Coordinator Mostafa Humayun Kabir.
The reason for the confusion was Mintu and Ashraf’s fathers have similar names, he added.
Mintu is the son of the late Mohar Ali Mollah from Benapole's Dighirpar area. Ashraf is the son of Mohar Ali also from the Dighirpar area.
Mintu had attempted to inform the jail authorities about the confusion, but no one paid him any heed. On Saturday, two deputy secretaries of the Ministry of Law visited Jessore Central Jail and Mintu complained to them about the matter.
Subsequently, a probe was ordered and the investigation by BLAST and Legal Aid found that it was a case of mistaken identity.
SI Masum of Benapole Port police station picked up Mintu from his house around 10pm on November 16, 2020. The arrest warrant had been issued against Ashraf Ali.
The next morning, Mintu’s family members went to the police station with a copy of his birth certificate, but police did not release him and he was sent to central jail.