Judges’ court to settle BCL leader ‘torture’ case

A Dhaka court has issued an order to send the case regarding torture of a Chhatra League leader in custody to the Metropolitan Sessions’ Judges’ Court.

Abu Abbas Bhuiyan filed the case with the CHief Metropolitan Magistrates’ Court against four police officials and former state minister Lutfuzzaman Babar on Mar 5, 2008 for forcing him to make confessional statement as an attacker on Professor Humayun Azad.

On Tuesday, magistrate A E M Ismail Hossain issued this order.

Accused former Ramna police chief in 2004 Mahbubur Rahman, sub-inspectors Rezaul Karim and Naser Ali and sergeant Anwarul Hossain were present in the court. Babar is currently being questioned in another case.

Saikat Shahanur Islam and Mohammad Alamgir, lawyers from a human rights organisation, on Tuesday appealed to cancel bail of the accused, which was later rejected.

On Sep 22, metropolitan magistrate Mohammad Mehedi Hasan Talukder issued warrant against the accused police officers.

The police officers were granted bail on Sep 26 by the High Court.

According to case details, police arrested Abbas on Feb 28, 2004 without any arrest warrant from a procession taken out to demand punishment of those who tried to kill Dhaka University professor and writer Azad the previous night.

Some unidentified assailants tried to murder Azad in front of the Bangla Academy while he was returning home from the Ekushey Book Fair. He was critically injured in the attack.

Later, the police officers tortured him for statement admitting his involvement in the assassination attempt. He secured bail after 14 days.

On Jun 1, 2008, Detective Branch submitted a probe report, stating that Abbas’s allegation was false.

The case was handed over to Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Jul 23, 2010, following Abbas’ appeal against the report.

Ramna CID unit inspector Mohammad Ehsanuddin Chowdhury submitted a report to the court on Aug 19, stating Abbas’ allegation to be true.

Abbas, the former joint general secretary of Dhaka University’s Sir F Rahman Hall and currently mass education affairs’ secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League central committee, secured bail 14 days after his arrest.

Abbas earlier told bdnews24.com: “Some of the accused are carrying on duties at different police stations at Dhaka. They arrested me to save the real culprits.”

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