A police officer allegedly tortured a youth when the latter denied him of being a witness of a murder case that took place in Nasirnagar upazila of the district on January 21.
Injured Abdul Jaher, 35, a farmer and son of late Abdun Noor of Daulatpur village, is now undergoing treatment at Brahmanbaria Sadar Hospital.
Following the death of a four-year-old girl during a clash between two groups of rival villagers on January 21, Sub-Inspector (SI) Mainal Hossain of Nasirnagar Police Station went to the village as part of an investigation in this regard on February 2, Jaher said.
While investigating, SI Mainul called Jaher out of his house near the spot and asked him to be a witness of a murder case filed in connection with the clash.
As Jaher denied the police officer of being a witness of the case, SI Mainul forcibly took him to the police station and physically tortured him there.
“Failing to bear the inhuman torture, I finally agreed to be a witness of the case in a bid to escape from his wrath,” Jaher said.
During a visit to the hospital's Surgery Ward this correspondent saw Jaher's mother-in-law was taking care of the injured youth, who sustained injuries on his thumb, backbone, forehead and other parts of the body.
SI Mainal said the allegation brought against him is fabricated, adding that Jaher might have been beaten by one of the clashing groups.
Brahmanbaria Additional Superintendent of Police Alamgir Hossain said he will be able to tell the actual fact after investigation.
On January 21, four-year-old Amena Akter, daughter of Harun Mia, was killed in a clash between two rival groups of villagers, loyal to Harun and Roman of the village.