The family of a man, who was allegedly killed in police custody in Sylhet, filed case early Monday.
Tahmina Akter Tanni, wife of Rayhan Ahmed, accused a number of unidentified people in the case filed at Kotwali Police Station around 2:30am.
According to the case statement, the 34-year-old, a resident of Akharia in Sylhet city, was beaten to death in police custody.
Rayhan had called his mother from an unknown number at 4:33am and said police had taken him to Bandarbazar outpost and demanded Tk 10,000 for his release.
His uncle rushed to the police outpost with Tk 5,000 but policemen rejected the money and asked him to return after arranging Tk 10,000.
Rayhan’s uncle went to Bandarbazar police outpost at 9:30am with the money but was told that his nephew had fallen sick and was taken to a hospital at 6:40am.
When he went to the hospital, he learned that Rayhan was already dead and his body has been sent for post-mortem examination.
“Someone took my husband to Bandarbazar police outpost where he was tortured to death,” said Tanni.
Police rejected the allegation and said Rayhan was caught by locals of Kastghar area during robbery and was lynched.
Additional Deputy Commissioner of Sylhet Metropolitan Police (SMP) Jotirmoy Sarkar said they are investigating the matter.
“Action will be taken if any policeman is found involved,” he said. Locals blocked the Sylhet-Sunamganj Highway for half an hour at Akhalia area on Sunday afternoon after learning about Rayhan’s death.