The investigation officer (IO) of three cases filed against a man on charges of killing his wife allegedly changed the autopsy report, in collusion with his in-laws, to make it look like he poisoned her to death and then submitted the charge sheets to the court.
Accused Bashiruzzaman Raju of Jhalakathi made the allegation at a press conference at Barishal Reporters' Unity on Monday.
He said even though the original autopsy report mentioned the cause of death as low blood pressure, the submitted viscera report by the IO mentioned it as "insecticide poison".
As a result, he had to spend four months in jail, said Raju, who is out on bail now.
IO Md Mahmudur Rahman, also sub-inspector of Kathalia Police Station, claimed that the different viscera report was submitted "mistakenly". He said it belonged to another victim who supposedly died of poisoning.
"I will appeal to the court to change the charge sheet and viscera report," he told The Daily Star.
Meanwhile, the court (Nari O Shishu Nirjatan Daman Tribunal-1) has already show-caused the IO over the issue, confirmed Pulak Chandra Ray, officer-in-charge of Kathalia Police Station.
"Although my wife, who was a heart patient, died due to illness on January 28 last year, her family members filed three cases against me, accusing me of her death," said Raju at the press conference.
"I am a victim of police harassment and torture. I demand punishment for those responsible," he said.
Raju (38) said he married Dulali Khatun (36) in 2012, before he went to Qatar for work. He returned in 2017.
A day after his wife died, in January 2019, Bhandaria police detained and handed him over to Kathalia police based on the complaint from his in-laws, he said.
Three cases were filed against him with Kathalia Police Station, Jhalakati Senior Judicial Magistrate court and Nari O Shishu Nirjatan Daman Tribunal-1.
SI Mahmudur Rahman was the IO in all the cases.
Asked about the matter, OC Pulak said he joined Kathalia Police Station in January this year while the incident took place last year. He is not fully aware of the incident. Regarding the issue with the viscera report, he said the court is looking into it.
Despite repeated attempts, this correspondent could not get in touch with Raju's in-laws for comments.