The policemen are former officer-in-charge of Singra police station Abu Bakkar, sub-inspector Liaquat Ali, assistant sub-inspector Pradyut Kar and constables Jasim, Asir Uddin, Kamal, Motaleb alias Sanu, Kashem, Anwar, Mofiz and Hafizur Rahman, an Ansar member. The other seven — Selim, Hanif, Firoz, Amzad Hossain, Kuddus, Rashid and Mozibor — are local people, who allegedly helped the policemen arrest the youth, Ansar Ali of Bamihal village under Singra upazila on July 23 last year.
But judicial inquiry carried out by magistrate Mahmudul Hassan found that Ansar Ali had been killed in police custody. ‘He was not killed in crossfire. He was tortured to death at the police station in a planned way,’ the inquiry report reads. The report wonders how the victim would join with robbers in Kakian forest, 25 kilometres off the police station, when he had been in police custody. Ansar’s father on August 17 had filed the case with the additional chief judicial magistrate, who ordered the inquiry.