Businessman tortured, forced to pay over Tk 1cr to DB police

May 31, 2013

The commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has been asked by the authorities to probe into the alleged incident of realising Taka one crore five lakh from a businessman after torturing him by Mollah Nazrul Islam, Deputy Commissioner of the Detective Branch (DB ) of  police. Talking to The Independent Inspector General of Police Hasan Mahmud Khandaker on Thursday said on receiving the allegation he has asked the DMP Commissioner to investigate the matter.
The reported allegation against the DC (DB) was that he realised one crore five lakh taka from businessman Syed Abidul Islam after torturing him inhumanly at his office. The release of the businessman in exchange for the money has created sensation in the police administration.
According to reports published in a section of the press, a group of DB personnel had picked up Abidul from his Gulshan residence .
According to the allegation, the DB personnel entered Abidul’s residence on the pretext of recovering illegal money amounting to TK one crore kept in  a black bag. But when they had failed to recover any such money  they picked up Abidul him and took him to the office of DC DB Mollah Nazrul Islam.
The DB personnel demanded TK 10 crore from Abidul and threatened that if he failed to give the money he would be branded  as an activist of the banned Islamist outfit Hijbut Tahrir and would be detained for ever in jail.
At one stage Abidul  said that he could pay only one crore taka. On  receiving the money from Abidul, DB released him.
According to the allegation, the scene of handing over bank cheques to the DB men was found in the CCTV footage.
It is learnt that the CCTV video footage was submitted to the police authorities as well as to the home ministry.
After the incident Abidul became very upset and at one stage he disclosed the incident to his relative Kabirul Haque Mukti, a ruling party lawmaker from Narail district.
Being informed of the incident Kabirul himself submitted a written allegation to the home ministry against the DC DB on April 24 seeking action against Molla Nazrul.
But Molla Nazrul claimed that lawmaker Kabirul Islam made the allegation out of personal enmity as both he and the lawmaker are from same locality.
Talking to the media, he said he was not involved in any such incident and if any sub inspector of DB was involved in it action would be taken against him.

-With The Independent input

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