Police arrested a teenage boy along with his father and uncle on September 19 for holding a “secret meeting” at their house in Dinajpur's Birganj upazila to plot subversive activities, but locals say no such meeting took place there.
Talking to this newspaper, two of the five people mentioned as witnesses in the case said police didn't tell them that they were made witnesses.
Both of them said they were not present at the scene and were unaware of any “secret meeting” taking place there.
The teenager, Mamun Ur Rashid, who according to his mother is 16 years and three months old, has been languishing in Dinajpur jail since his arrest 26 days ago. However, in the case statement police claimed that he is 19.
Mamun, his father Abdul Majid, 45, and uncle Abdul Latif, 40, were picked up by police from their home in Birganj's Bhogdoma village around 2:45am on September 19, said family members and locals.
In the case statement, Amzad Ali Mondal, sub-inspector of Birganj Police Station, mentioned that 70 to 80 people were holding a “secret meeting” at the compound of Majid's house around 12:30am on September 19 to plot subversive activities.
Police raided the house and arrested Mamun, Majid and Latif while the others managed to flee, he mentioned.
Of the 85 accused in the case, 55 were named. They include the three.
The complainant also claimed to have seized five crude bombs wrapped in a shopping bag and 500 gram gunpowder from Mamun.
But Mamun's family members and villagers have given this newspaper a different version.
Majid's wife Maleka Begum said seven policemen from Birganj cordoned off their house at 2:15am on September 19.
Police entered the house and conducted a search but found nothing. They then arrested Mamun, Majid, Latif, and left around 2.45am.
“My son and husband are innocent,” said Maleka, adding that none of her family members are involved in politics.
Latif's wife Rubina Khatun also gave a similar version.
Their neighbours Azahar Ali and Shamsuzzoha said no “secret meeting” had taken place at Majid's house on that day.
Azahar said, “Truth will come out if an independent probe is carried out.”
This correspondent talked to the first and the fifth witnesses in the case over the phone on Saturday. Both said police didn't tell them that they had been made witnesses in the case.
The two also said they were not at the scene on that day and were unaware of any “secret meeting” taking place there.
The first witness, Amzad Ali, said, “Several locals told me that I have been made a witness in the case.”
The fifth witness, Nur Master, said he was out of Dinajpur on that day.
He mentioned that police didn't tell him that he had been made a witness in the case.