A housewife was tortured allegedly by a local union parishad (UP) chairman and his men following arbitration over a land dispute at Ufarmara village in Patgram upazila on Tuesday night.
Severely injured Mahima Begum, 45, wife of Shamsul Haque of the village, was first taken to Patgram Upazila Health Complex, from where she was shifted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital for better treatment.
During the inhuman incident, they also beat up Mahima’s husband Shamsul and son Nur Hossain, 16, when they tried to save her from the torture.
The duo took treatment at the upazila health complex.
Meanwhile, victim Mahima filed a case with Patgram Police Station against four people, including Burimari UP Chairman Abu Sayeed Newaz Nishat, 36, on Wednesday night, Officer in Charge (OC) of the police station Mansur Ali said.
The other accused in the case are UP members Rafiqul Islam, 45, son of Habibur Rahman and Hasanuzzaman, 38, son of Mozammel Haque, and Rubel Islam, 30, son of Aizuddin. They all hail from Ufarmara village in the upazila.
Shamsul alleged that he and his son Nur were present at the spot but could not save Mahima as they were also tortured by the village cops.
“I cried and appealed them not to torture my mother, but they didn’t show any mercy to her,” Nur said, adding that the chairman and his men left their house after Mohima fell to the ground and fainted.
“I wanted a fair justice from the UP chairman, but taking bribe from her opposition he delivered a partial judgement over the disputed land,” Mahima said.
“The chairman got angry when I denied his partial judgement. Later, he verbally abused me and tortured me inhumanity,” she said, adding that police are reluctant to arrest any of the accused as they are locally influential men.
Resident Medical Officer (RMO) at Patgram Upazila Health Complex Dr Noor Arefin said Mahima sustained injuries in her hands, legs, back and on the head.
Contacted, Chairman Nishat said he or his men didn’t torture the woman rather she was assaulted during a quarrel between two groups of villagers over a disputed land.
“I went to Mahima’s house to solve the dispute,” Nishat said.