Defendant dies in police custody
SI Zahid among 3 sentenced to life term in historic verdict
Published: 02:33 PM, 9 September 2020 Updated: 04:15 PM, 9 September 2020
A Dhaka court has sentenced three people, including the then SI of Pallabi police station Zahidur Rahman, to life imprisonment in a case of beating a young man named Johnny to death. This is the first verdict in the history of Bangladesh in the case of the death of the accused in police custody.
Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayesh pronounced the verdict on Wednesday.
The other two convicts sentenced to life imprisonment are ASI Rashedul and ASI Kamruzzaman Mintu of Pallabi police station. Source: Sumon and Rashed were sentenced to seven years in prison.
Johnny, a driver of a private company, had a quarrel with Sumon, a police source, at a yellowish ceremony on the night of February 8, 2014, in the Iranian camp area at Mirpur. On the same night, it was alleged that some policemen, including the then Sub-Inspector of Pallabi Police Station Zahid, took Johnny into police custody and tortured him to death.
Later, on August 7 of the same year, Imtiaz Hossain Rocky, brother of the deceased, filed a case against five persons, including the then Sub-Inspector of Pallabi Police Station Zahidur Rahman Zahid, in the Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court.
Earlier on August 24, Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayesh set the date for the verdict after presenting arguments of both the parties.
The other four accused in the case are Rashedul Islam (sub-inspector), Kamruzzaman Mintu (assistant sub-inspector), and police sources Rashed and Sumon.
According to the details of the case, Imtiaz Hossain Rocky, brother of the deceased, filed the case in the Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court on August 7, 2014, alleging that Johnny was tortured and killed in police custody. On that day, the court accepted the case and ordered a judicial inquiry.
Then on February 17, 2015, after the judicial investigation, a report was submitted to the court accusing 5 people. On April 17, 2016, the court framed charges against five people, including Sub-Inspector Zahid. Of the total 26 witnesses in the case, 21 have testified.