Four persons, including a former officer-in-charge (OC) of Panchlaish Police Station, have been sued on charge of producing a youth before a mobile court over a “false” sexual harassment incident.
The incident occurred in 2017 but Rubaiyat Sayem, 26, of port city’s Bakalia area filed the case yesterday with the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Shafi Uddin -- accusing the four, including two policemen.
The accused are: Shahana Yalin Sumi, 26; her elder brother Kamrul Islam; the then Panchlaish OC Mohiuddin Mahmud; and Sub-inspector (SI) Abu Taleb of the same police station, said plaintiff’s lawyer Advocate Nazmul Alam.
“After filing the case, the court ordered Detective Branch (DB) of CMP to investigate into the case and submit the report before the court,” said Advocate Nazmul.
Advocate Nazmul said Sayem and the accused Sumi were BBA students of Premier University (PU) and the duo were in a relationship in 2017, but Sumi’s brother opposed the relationship.
Both Sayem and Sumi’s families met several times over the issue, and Sumi’s brother Kamrul threatened to have Sayem sent to jail if he did not leave her, added the lawyer.
The lawyer added that failing to stop Sayem, Kamrul set up a trap for him and later handed him over to Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-7) tactfully when he went to Sumi’s house on April 10, 2017.
“After detaining him, Rab handed over Sayem to Panchlaish Police Station. Despite having no specific allegation against Sayem, Panchlaish police held him overnight and on the following day, Sayem was brought in front of Bodna Shah Mazar area of Prabartak where police staged a sexual harassment drama with the help of Sumi and his brother,” said the lawyer.
According to the case statement, the mobile court run by Executive Magistrate Abdus Samad sentenced Sayem to three months’ jail over the alleged sexual harassment and sent him to Chattogram jail on that day.
Advocate Nazmul said after languishing for 18 days, Sayem came out of jail and filed an appeal with Additional District Magistrate (ADM) of Chattogram in this regard. The ADM exempted him from the remaining jail-time after hearing the issue, said the lawyer.
“Though there was no specific allegation against Sayem, the OC and SI detained him overnight in the police station and later implicated in false charge, misusing their power,” said the lawyer.