Under trial prisoner dies in hospital

Wife claims complainant, cops tortured him before he was sent to jail
An under trial prisoner of Munshiganj jail has died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday.

The family of the deceased Abdul Karim alleged that he was tortured by the complainant before being handed over to the police, who also beat him in jail afterwards.

Karim, 35, of Adhariatola village under Munshiganj Sadra upazila, was sent to DMCH for treatment from Munshiganj jail on Thursday due to a severe chest pain, said Farid Uddin Rubel, jailer of Munshiganj jail.

He claimed that when Karim was sent to the jail from the police station on July 11, he was already physically sick.

Karim was first admitted to Munshiganj General Hospital for treatment and later sent to DMCH, the jailer added.

Karim’s wife Moyna Begum said a house was being built by their neighbour Md Shamim; Karim along with others wanted some money from him for arranging a picnic earlier this month.

Later, Shamim and his relative Khorshed Alam took Karim to Shamim’s office at Adhariatola and beat him mercilessly and handed him to the cops on July 10, she alleged.

She also alleged that a sub-inspector of Munshiganj Sadar Police Station tortured Karim at the station and damaged a part of his ear.

Shamim also filed an extortion case against Karim the same day and police sent him to Munshiganj jail on July 11, she said.

Moyna alleged that Karim’s younger brother Abdus Salam Khan, who was also detained in Munshiganj jail in another case, told her Karim was groaning due to stomach pain yesterday, but when they called a doctor from the local hospital he said that Karim had no problem.

Sonjoy Kumar Poddar, a doctor of Munshiganj General Hospital, said as Karim was seriously sick, he was sent to DMCH for better treatment.

When asked about the reason behind his sickness, the doctor said that they did not perform any test on Karim before sending him to DMCH.

Yunus Ali, officer-in-charge of Munshiganj Sadar Police Statiion, refuted the allegation, saying that police did not torture him.


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