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Court upheld verdict against OC Helal


Dhaka-The Fifth Additional District and Session Judge’s Court of Dhaka on Wednesday upheld a verdict of lower court that sentenced Helal Uddin, former Officer-in-Charge of Khilgaon Police Station to three years’ imprisonment for torturing a Dhaka University student in police custody.Judge Md Jahidul Kabir of the court passed the order. On July 21, this court fixed July 27 to pronounce the verdict of the case on the appeal, Helal lodged. Before that on May 17, last year, another court had sentenced OC Helal to three years’ imprisonment for torturing Abdul Kader, then a master’s class student of Biochemistry at the university. The court also fined Helal Tk 10,000, in default, to he would suffer three months more in the prison. The appeal court also issued a warrant for Helal’s arrest as he was tried in his absence.
According to the case statement, a team of plainclothes police Khilgaon Police Station of the city hit Kader with sticks at Segunbagicha in the early hours of July 16, 2011 while he was returning to his dormitory, Fazlul Huq Hall, from a relative’s house in Eskaton area. Later, Helal, then the OC of the police station took Kader to his room and forced him to admit his involvement in various crimes that he had never committed. Helal also caused injuries to Kader’s back, legs and other parts of body. At one stage, Helal hit Kader with a sharp machete causing wounds to his left leg.
Later, police filed two cases against Kader- one for robbery and another for possession of an illegal firearm with the police station and he was shown arrested in another false case filed with Mohammadpur Police Station for carjacking.
Teachers and students of DU and people from different strata of the society of society reacted sharply about the police torture on Kader. However, Kader secured bail on August 3, 2011 after 18 days of his arrest and later, a court acquitted him from the charges.
On January 23, 2012, Kader filed a case with Khilgaon Police Station against its former OC Helal Uddin for torturing him. On March 26 the same year, police submitted charge sheet of the case in the court against Helal in the case.
On May 31, last year, Helal surrendered to the court and sought bail, however, the court sent him to the jail refusing his bail plea. -Special Correspondent


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