Court orders probe into 12 policemen
A Dhaka court yesterday ordered deputy commissioner of Demra zone to probe the extortion case filed by the wife of a former journalist against 12 policemen, including an assistant commissioner, and two others.
After scrutinising the case, Metropolitan Magistrate Raihan Ul Islam directed the DC to probe the matter and submit a report before it on September 19.
On July 12, Shahana Akhter, wife of Forman Ullah Khan of Dhakkin Kazla in Jatrabari, filed the case against 14 people, including an assistant commissioner on charge of demanding an extortion of Tk 6 lakh for her husband's release.
The accused are Senior Assistant Commissioner Iftekhairul Islam of Demra zone, Officer-in-Charge of Jatrabari Police Station Anisur Rahman, its OC (investigation) Tofail Ahmed, sub-inspectors Zakir Hossain, Omar Faruque, Shahin Parvez, Laxmikant Roy, Md Shahidullah, KM Enayet Hossain and Kabir Hossain Ukil, ASI Atoar Rahman, constable Saiful and police informants Khokon and Md sumon.
In her complaint, Shahana said Jatrabari police arrested her husband about 11:00am on June 21 as her husband submitted three applications to the home ministry seeking steps to stop narcotics business in his area, being run with the help of police.
Later, Shahana went to Jatrabari Police Station and found policemen beating her husband indiscriminately. After that, she met AC Iftekhairul for her husband's release. But he used abusive words and demanded Tk 6 lakh for his release, reads the complaint.
About 9:12pm, Shahana gave Tk 2 lakh to SI Kabir Hossain but police did not release her husband. The following day, they sent him to the court showing him arrested in three cases filed for possessing narcotics.
Forman used to be a reporter at national dailies and weeklies, said the complaint.