Mushtaq’s death in custody: police sue 7 picked up during Shahbagh protest

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Police filed cases against seven people who were picked up from the torch procession brought out in Dhaka's Shahbagh yesterday -- protesting the death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed in custody.

Sub-inspector of Shahbagh Police Station Md Mintu Miah filed the case against Md Tamjid Haider (22), Nozir Amir Chowdhury Joy (27), ASM Tanjimur Rahman (22), Md Akib Ahmed (22), Md Arafat Saad (24), Nazifa Jannat (24) and Joyoti Chakravarty (23), Officer-in-charge of the police station Mohammad Mamun Ur Rashid confirmed to The Daily Star.

According to the case statement, around 100 to 150 people led by the seven accused brought out a torch procession from Dhaka University's TSC and tried to move towards Shahbagh, halting traffic movement.

When police requested them to return, they pelted brick chips targeting the law enforcers. At One stage, the bulletproof jacket of a policeman, Al Amin, caught fire from a torch the protestors were carrying, the case statement adds.

Inspector Arifur Rahman Sardar, SIs Rokon Uddin Nishat, Toha Isam, Delwar, Farhad, Hasana, Shipon, Md Nuruzzaman, and Pushpo Taz were also injured in the attack, the statement said.

Police fired three rounds of tear shells to bring the situation under control and picked up the seven from the spot, it mentioned.

At least 15 people were injured when police clashed with people protesting the death in custody of Mushtaq Ahmed, who was arrested under the Digital Security Act and died in Kashimpur High-Security Jail-3 in Gazipur on Thursday.


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