A man died allegedly of cardiac arrest early yesterday after he was arrested by Jatrabari police from Kajla area in the capital.
The deceased was identified as Jamaluddin Ripon, 45, wanted in five separate cases. Ripon died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) around 12:30am, said Kazi Wazed Ali, officer-in-charge of Jatrabari Police Station.
Ripon's wife Maya Chowdhury, however, claimed that police killed Ripon after taking him to custody.
“As far I know, Ripon had no serious health conditions which could lead to death,” she said.
According to police, a team from Jatrabari Police Station arrested Ripon from Kajla's Shekdi Bazar area around 9:30pm on Saturday night and took him to the police station. After arrest, Ripon started complaining of chest pain, and police took him to nearby Islamia Hospital.
Later, Ripon was shifted to DMCH for better treatment where the doctors pronounced him dead, claimed police.
OC Kazi Wazed said that Ripon was wanted in five separate cases and had several health conditions, including high blood pressure.
“We suspect, Ripon might have died of heart disease but we can only know for sure after receiving the autopsy report,” he added.
Morgue sources said there was no injury mark on the body. However, they kept sample for viscera report. After the report, they would be able to specify the reason behind his death.
Ripon was involved in cable network business. He had no specific political affiliation but he was a supporter of the ruling Awami League, said Mostak Ahmed, brother-in-law of the deceased.