HC questions legality of police torture on Patuakhali journo

Bangladesh on 07 April 2015
Location : Bangladesh | Source : Dhaka Tribune, Image Source: WikiMedia Commons

The High Court yesterday questioned the legality of police torture on a Patuakhali journalist, issuing a ruling against the government and the police.

The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Razik Al Jalil set four weeks of time for an explanation on why inhuman physical and mental torture in police custody on ABM Mizanur Rahman, the Bauphal correspondent of Bangla daily Prothom Alo, should not be declared illegal.

On Monday, Mizanur’s father Abdus Salam filed a petition describing how the police detained Mizanur and tortured him physically and mentally in custody. He also sought the High Court’s directives for punishing the culpable law enforcers, and also sought directives for compensation.

The petitioner’s lawyer Rafique Ul Haq told the court that the police torture had violated the law and the constitution.

Deputy Attorney General Tapash Kumar Biswas who opposed the petition said a case was already pending with a Patuakhali court regarding a clash between the police and Mizanur. The Patuakhali court could examine whether or not the police had tortured Mizanur in custody, he said.

On March 17, the police filed a case against Mizanur after arresting him from the Kalaiya Bazar area in Bauphal upazila of Patuakhali on charges of assaulting a policeman.

Meanwhile, our Patuakhali correspondent reports that Judge Bimol Chandra Sikder of the District and Session Judge’s Court yesterday ordered to form a medical board to check Mizanur’s condition, and asked the board to submit the check-up results before it by March 31.

The judge also fixed April 1 for hearing a petition by Mizanur’s lawyers seeking ad-interim bail against a previous magistrate court order denying bail.
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