Custodial torture continues

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IGP directed to probe yet another custodial torture

Torture of detained persons in police custody continues flouting Supreme Court directives as well as the Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention) Act 2013.
Rights lawyer Sultana Kamal said that such gross violations by the police were occurring in this country because the police enjoyed impunity. 
The High Court in a fresh rule on Monday directed the inspector general of police to conduct an investigation into custodial torture of a detained person at Bauphal police station, Patuakhali on February 13.
The court summoned Bauphal circle assistant superintendent of police Saiful Islam and Bauphal police station’s officer-in-charge Azam Khan Faruki to appear before it on February 27 to explain their positions regarding torture of Hafizur Rahman Bijoy in police custody.
The court also issued a rule asking the home secretary and the IGP to explain in one week why torturing Hafizur Rahman by ASP Saiful would not be declared unconstitutional.
The court also directed the home secretary and the IGP to explain why they would not be asked to take action against police personnel responsible for his torture under the Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention) Act 2013.
A bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Mohammad Ullah issued the rule and the directives after hearing a writ petition of Hafizur Rahman’s mother Josna Begum in which she challenged the legality of torturing her son and the failure of the police authorities to take action against errant police men.
The bench set February 27 for passing further orders. 
Torture of Hafizur Rahman in custody took place while the bench was hearing a suo moto rule it had issued on January 8 asking the government and superior police officials to explain why action would not be taken against two police personnel who tortured Abu Sayeed while he was in the custody of Kotwali police station, Jessore of January 4 after he had refused to pay bribes.
At Monday’s hearing Jessore SP submitted his probe report in which he denied that sub-inspector Nazmul and assistant sub-inspector, Hadibur Rahman had 
tortured Abu Sayeed when he was in the custody of Kotwali police station. 
Hadibur Rahman had tortured Abu Sayeed when he was in the custody of Kotwali police.
On Sunday the bench would hold a hearing on the SP’s report for giving further orders.
A facebook posting showing Abu Sayeed’s hands and legs bound by handcuffs and keeping him dangling on a rod passed through the handcuffs in the office room of OC of the police station.
The cruel torture to which Hadibur Rahman was subjected sent shockwaves across the nation.
National daily Prothom Alo published the report of Hadibur Rahman being kept hanging at the police station.

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