Khairul Alam Rafique, editor and senior journalist of the daily Mymensingh Pratidin, has been taken into the custody of DB and a case has been filed in the court of wise Mymensingh District DB Police SI Akram Hossain and 7-8 other unidentified persons.
Advocate Khair filed a chargesheet on behalf of journalist Khairul Alam Rafique in court on Thursday (January 14th). The case was filed under sections 13 (1), 2 (b), 15 (1) and 15 (3) of the Torture and Death in Custody (Prevention) Act 2013.
The wise court has recorded the statement of the plaintiff journalist Khairul Alam Rafique during the charge period. Plaintiff’s lawyer Advocate Khair confirmed the information.
According to the case statement, SI Akram Hossain detained him and tortured him in the name of keeping him in DB custody. Which is an extreme violation of human rights. Akram had to stay in Mymensingh Central Jail for two months after being arrested in two conspiracy cases. Before filing the case, SI Akram Hossain and other defendants blindfolded and tortured him. Journalist Rafiq has requested the Home Ministry to verify the list of their names and phone numbers.
Journalist Rafiq has already lodged two complaints against SI Akram with the IGP’s Complaints Monitoring Cell. Whose complaint number is SL-17 and dated 5 January 2021.
He said in the charge sheet, “I was standing on the opposite side of the gate of Mymensingh Medical College Hospital on November 29, 2016 at 11 pm.” The DB police led by SI Akram blindfolded me and took me in a black car to the Charpara office of Mymensingh city. They confiscated my land purchase documents, bank checks and computer. Documents and bank checks were handed over to the opponent and only the computer was seized. From there I was taken to the remote char area of the old Gudaraghat in the Brahmaputra of Mymensingh. Two eyes and two hands were tied behind their backs and tortured.
Asked why he brought the matter to light two years later, journalist Rafiq said he had not been able to bring the matter to light for so long.
He said that on December 22 last year, an unidentified person posted a blindfolded picture on his messenger. He was horrified to see that and the scenes of torture began to float before his eyes. Soon after, this picture of him started going viral on Facebook. That is why he opened his mouth after two years, he said.
In this regard, SI Akram Hossain said, “I have not yet seen what allegations he (Khairul Alam Rafique) has made against me.” I heard from you. But even before that, in 2016, he (Khairul Alam Rafique) had lodged a complaint in my name with the Ministry of Home Affairs. It came to our Mymensingh as the police headquarters. My seniors here are investigating the matter. No allegation made by him (Khairul Alam Rafique) against me at that time was proved. So my seniors could not take any action against me. I have no enmity with him (Khairul Alam Rafiq). I don’t know why he is doing this. And I did not arrest him in any case. I do not know who was detained. It seems that the investigating officer of the case.
Asked about the blindfolded torture, SI Akram Hossain said, “The eyes were blocked but no torture was inflicted.”
When asked why he was blindfolded, he did not say anything, later said Jewel knows everything. And if it is proved that there is collusion with drug dealers against me, action will be taken against me. I have no objection to this.
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