Record murder case against 3 Ashulia cops: HC
The High Court today ordered police to record a murder case against three lawmen in connection with the incident of death of Md Ripon Miah, a tea vendor at Ashulia of Savar, in police custody in May this year.
A report published in The Daily Star on May 23 said that Ripon, 26, from Zamgora area of Ashulia, was allegedly killed by police torture for ransom, although police said it was a road accident.
Ripon's wife Sathi Akter has alleged that police picked up Ripon from Nabinagar around 10:30pm on May 21 when the couple were crossing the road to get a rickshaw to go to their house at Niribili.
The cops demanded Tk 1,000 from Sathi and she was trying to arrange the money. Later, she was informed that Ripon had been admitted to Gonoshasthaya Kendra hospital, and she rushed to the hospital and saw her husband dead, according to the report.
During today’s hearing, the HC asked the officer-in-charge of Ashulia Police Station to accept the murder case against its Assistant Sub-Inspector Md Anwar Hossain and its constables Md Ruhul Amin and Md Imdadul Huq.
During hearing a rule, the HC also asked superintendent of police of Dhaka and the OC of Ashulia Police Station to submit a probe report on this issue before it on December 9.
The HC bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman passed the order after Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a rights organisation, placed before it a written statement of Ripan’s father about the incident of his death.
Earlier on May 26, following a writ petition filed by ASK, the HC issued a rule upon the government to explain why the abuse of power by policemen in connection with death of Ripan should not be declared illegal.
ZI Khan Panna and Abu Obaidur Rahman appeared for the petitioner.