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Police blamed for Barisal custody death

Bangladesh on 12 July 2013
Location : Barisal, Bangladesh | Source : New Age

Wife of Kalam Howladar who died on Monday in the police custody in Gournadi upazila claimed that her husband died because of police torture during remand.

Kalam Howladar, 42, an adopted son of Majid Howladar of Kamalapur village under Gournadi upazila, had been kept on a ten-day remand in a robbery case before his death.

Rashida Begum, wife of the victim, said the police arrested Kalam from his residence and sent him to jail after producing him before a court on June 20.

The assistant sub-inspector Swapan Kumar also investigation officer of the case, appealed to the court for approving Kalam a five-day remand to interrogate him but the court granted three-day remand.

Kalam fell severely sick because of police torture during remand at Gournadi police station and after his remand ended, he was sent back to Barisal central jail on June 28 giving him treatment under police custody at Gournadi Upazila Health Complex, his wife alleged.

Then he was admitted to the jail hospital and sent to the Barisal SBMCH at around 10:00pm on July 8 after his condition deteriorated and he died there within half an hour of his admission, hospital sources said.

However, the Gournadi police station officer-in-charge, Abul Kalam, and the ASI, Swapan Kumar, investigation officer of the case, denied any torture on Kalam after his arrest and during remand.

The police officials claimed Kalam was an asthma patient and given treatment at Gournadi Upazila Health Complex and Barisal jail hospital.
He returned to jail after attending the hearing of the case in the court on Monday in a normal condition and was taken to SBMCH after he suddenly felt sick in jail at night and died there from asthma attack, said the police officials.

Meanwhile, a pall of gloom descended upon the native village of Kalam after his body reached there Tuesday afternoon.

Family members of Kalam said they would file a case for lodging the ‘false’ robbery case against him and for killing him in custody through torture.

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