Dead in police report, alive in reality
12:00 AM, July 17, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:42 AM, July 17, 2017

Dead in police report, alive in reality

Azad Hossain Bhuiyan had to file a writ petition at the High Court on 11 July, challenging a police report that declared him dead.

A permanent resident and businessmen of Akhaura upazila of Brahmanbaria, Azad's troubles began when he decided to go for Hajj.

A police clearance is a required document for those wishing to go for the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Makkah.

Sources said Azad Hossain Bhuiyan, son of late Sattar Bhuiyan of Bara-kuripika village of Akhaura upazila, registered for Hajj this year. During that time, the Sub-Inspector (SI) of Akhaura Police Station, Abul Kalam, who is presently working in Daudkandi Model Police Station of Comilla, called Azad to the police station. Due to some emergency work in Dhaka, Azad could not meet him at the time.

A few days later SI Kalam informed Azad over mobile phone that the police report must be submitted for registration of Hajj. SI Kalam asked Azad for a bribe to expedite the process.

"There are many cases against you, so you have to meet me in the police station with some pocket-money,” Azad Hossain Bhuiyan quoted SI Abul Kalam as saying.

According to Azad, when he requested SI Abul Kalam to provide him with police clearance as he had received bail on his pending cases, SI Kalam became angry and said that the police clearance cannot be given if the bribe was not paid.

Later, to his shock, Azad came to know that he was shown dead in the police report.

When contacted, Sub-Inspector Abul Kalam said this was actually a computer error. He added that a corrected version was sent. 

Superintendent of Police (SP) of Brahmanbaria Md Mizanur Rahman said a Senior Assistant Superintendent of Police has been appointed to investigate the matter. After the investigation, necessary measures will be taken in this regard.

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