Three police officers including two officers-in-charge of Ramna Police Station in Dhaka were sued yesterday for beating up the Dhaka University correspondent of the English daily New Age on Sunday evening.
The journalist, Nazmul Huda Suman, filed the case against OC (administration) Moshiur Rahman, OC (investigation) Ali Hossain, and Sub-inspector Mehedi Hasan Sumon with the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate.
After the hearing, Metropolitan Magistrate Anwar Sadat asked a joint commissioner of the Detective Branch of police to investigate the incident and submit the report by March 10.
Nazmul, a third-year political science student at DU, wrote in the complaint that he and his friend Kairuzzaman Shuvo, who were riding home in a motorcycle Sunday evening, were intercepted by some policemen in Bijoynagar area, saying pillion riding was banned.
They also got engaged in an altercation, and at one stage, the cops took the two of them to Ramna Police Station where the three accused along with eight to 10 unknown persons beat up Suman and Shuvo, a management student of DU, added the case statement.
Earlier, Nazmul said he was stopped and his friend Shuvo was asked to get down from his motorcycle by police when he saw SI Mehedi Hasan himself violating the ban by carrying another man on his motorbike.
The injured were rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital and later shifted to DU medical centre.
On Monday, Golam Mostafa, an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of Ramna Police Station, was “closed” for his alleged involvement with torturing the reporter and his friend, but no steps were taken against SI Mehedi Hasan, who allegedly led the beating.