An informer of Mirpur police yesterday confessed to a magistrate that he was with Sub-Inspector Jahidur Rahman Khan the night police picked up garment-waste trader Mahbubur Rahman Sujan who later died of torture.
“I also witnessed Sub-Inspector Jahid torturing Sujan at his (Sujan's) residence, then in the police van and later at the police station, but I did not torture the victim,” Nasim Sheikh told Metropolitan Magistrate Ashoke Kumar Bishwas at his chamber.
Meanwhile, a Dhaka court yesterday placed Jahid on a two-day fresh remand in connection with the death of Sujan.
In his statement, Nasim said on July 13 a team of about seven to eight people, including five cops and Nasim, went to Sujan's residence and picked him up.
They also picked up Jahid's wife Momtaz Sultana Lucy and their five-year-old son Rabbi when Sujan refused to pay extortion money. Sujan was tortured at his house, in the police van and at the police station, said Nasim.
Nasim said the next day one of the cops informed him that Sujan died.
After recording his statement, the magistrate ordered Nasim to be sent to jail.
Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Rani Chakraborty passed the remand order after DB Inspector Nibaron Chandra Barman, who is also the investigation officer of the case, produced Jahid before it with a prayer for a three-day remand.
Jahid was earlier placed on a 12-day remand in three phases.
SI Jahid was arrested on July 16 following an autopsy report, which revealed that Sujan had died of torture. Law enforcers nabbed Nasim the same day after examining CCTV footage of the police station.
On July 20, Lucy filed a murder case with a Dhaka court accusing Officer-in-Charge of Mirpur Police Station Salahuddin and SI Jahid and eight others under the Torture and Custodial Death (Protection) Act-2013.
After the hearing, Judge Md Jahirul Haque of the Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court of Dhaka ordered the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate to inquire into Sujan's death.