Rabiul’s death in custody: Fearing reprisal, family hesitates to file case
Family members of Rabiul Islam, who was beaten to death allegedly by police personnel in Lalmonirhat on April 14, are hesitant to file any case against the suspects as they fear reprisals.
They are now demanding a judicial enquiry into the incident.
"Many people in our village suggest that we should not file the case against police personnel saying that if we do so, we may be harassed by them. We are now in fear," Dulal Khan, father of Rabiul, told The Daily Star.
"As we are helpless, we demand a judicial enquiry into my son's death."
Victim's wife Monira Begum, 20, "We all know that my husband died in police torture. But we have neither enough courage nor strength to continue any legal battle against police. We are scared."
Rabiul, 26, of Kazir Chawra village in Lalmonirhat Sadar, got into an argument with officers when a police team detained him on suspicion of being a gambler at a Baishakhi Mela, a traditional event celebrating the first day of the Bangla new year, on April 14 night.
Police personnel then beat him up. Rabiul fell to the ground and lost consciousness after a policeman kicked him in the crotch around 10:00pm, an eyewitness earlier told this correspondent.
According to documents at Lalmonirhat Sadar Hospital, doctors declared Rabiul dead after he was taken to the hospital around 11:45pm.
Demanding justice, locals blocked the Lalmonirhat-Burimari highway's Mahendranagar point for an hour the next day.
They withdrew it after Sub-Inspector Halimur Rahman of Lalmonirhat Sadar Police Station, who led the police team, was closed and attached to the district Police Lines.
Talking to this newspaper on Thursday, local lawmaker GM Quader, also Jatiya Party chairman, who visited the spot on Monday, said an attempt was made to cover up the incident, but it was foiled as people took to the streets.
"There should be a judicial enquiry into the incident to reveal the truth."
Meanwhile, after visiting the spot on Wednesday, Walid Hossain, additional deputy inspector general of police (Rangpur range), who is leading a three-member probe body, said they started talking to locals, witnesses and family members of the victim.
"We will prepare the probe report shortly and submit it before our higher authorities concerned."