A local lawyer yesterday filed a case against eight policemen, including former Boalkhali Police Station OC Himangshu Das Rana, and three civilians over implicating him in four "false" cases and threatening to kill him in a "shootout" in 2018.
Samar Krishna Chowdhury, an apprentice lawyer in Chattogram court, lodged the case with the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Abu Salem Md Noman around noon, said court sources.
"Taking the case into cognisance, the court ordered the Police Bureau of Investigation to submit a report to it after investigating case," plaintiff's lawyer Jewel Das told The Daily Star.
The other accused in the case are Boalkhali Police Station's then Inspector (investigation) Mahbub Alam Akanda, sub-inspectors Atik Ullah, Arifur Rahman, Abu Bakkar Siddique, Ripon Chakma, Delwar Hossain and Assistant SI Alauddin, London expatriate Sanjoy Das, caretaker of Sanjoy's properties Sajal Das and Didarul Alam of Boalkhali.
Samar's family members alleged that cops in collusion with his rival Sanjoy Das picked up the lawyer from Chattogram Court Building area on May 27, 2018, tortured him and implicated him in two "false" cases on charges of possessing yaba pills and firearms.
Police later produced Samar before a Chattogram court, showing him arrested in four cases, including those in connection with recovery of yaba pills and firearms. The court later sent him to jail.
Samar walked out of jail on bail on July 12, 2018.
Police drew criticism from different quarters after a photo of Samar holding a firearm in his hand at the police station was run by some news portals.
The then Boalkhali OC, Himangshu, was withdrawn from the police station and was attached to Chattogram District Police Lines after a probe by the police into the two cases. Himangshu and two SIs were suspended later.
Samar was acquitted in the four cases by Chittagong courts after investigators found that he was not involved in those alleged crimes.
Talking to this newspaper on July 20, 2018, Samar had said two sub-inspectors with consent from the then Boalkhali OC tried to kill him in a "shootout".
Himangshu, however, refuted the allegation.