Fake warrant keeps college principal in jail for a week
A college principal in Saidpur municipality had to stay in jail for a week after his arrest by police in a fake warrant.
The victim, Sayed Md Amirul Islam, principal of Golahat School and College, was arrested on December 29 last year and released from jail on January 4 following a court order.
"It is evident to the tribunal that the opponents of the petitioner (Amirul Islam) and the police officer concerned were involved with the harassment process through preparing a forged warrant," said Arifur Rahman, judge of Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-5 in Dhaka.
Meanwhile, Amirul Islam was suspended from his post of principal on April 2 last year following a feud with the college management committee and a case regarding the matter is pending with the High Court, Amirul said.
"Saidpur police arrested me from Saidpur upazila parishad premises on December 29 and took me to the local police station. As I wanted to know the reason the police officer concerned told me that I was arrested as a case was filed against me under Women and Children Repression Prevention Act at Airport police station in Dhaka," Amirul said at a press conference at his residence at Musrat Dhulia village of Khata Modhupur union in Saidpur upazila on Thursday.
"My family members living in Dhaka instantly contacted with concerned police station and became aware that there was no case under Women and Children Repression Prevention Act against me.
"The number of the case against me was mentioned as 28(7) 10 but my family members found that the said case was filed under Passport Act and my name was not mentioned there. Later photocopy of relevant papers of the case was sent to Saidpur police station through fax from Airport police station.
"Even the officer in charge (OC) of Airport police station informed the OC of Saidpur police station over cell phone that my name was not mentioned in any case with the police station. But Saidpur police ignored all the pieces of evidence and sent me to Nilphamari Jail," Amirul Islam told the press conference.
"After verifying the circumstances and pieces of evidence it has become evident that the arrest warrant issued against Sayed Md Amirul Islam, son of late Ishaque Ali, village Musrat Dhulia of Saidpur upazila under Nilphamari district, is false and fabricated and it was done by an organised gang of forgers," tribunal Judge Arifur Rahman said in his order.
When contacted, Saidpur police station sub inspector Jahangir Alam, who arrested the principal, said the police station got arrest warrant through office of the superintendent of police (SP) in the district.
"Police took necessary steps seeing the warrant," Saidpur police station OC Jamaluddin said.
Uzzal Kumar Roy, ASP of Saidpur Circle, said, "The warrant was issued from Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-5 in Dhaka. Later we knew from an order of the same court that the warrant was fake. Necessary steps will be taken after investigation."