HC orders judicial inquiry into custodial death of apprentice lawyer

FE ONLINE REPORT | Wednesday, 3 March 2021

The High Court on Wednesday directed for a judicial inquiry into the death of an apprentice lawyer, Rejaul Karim Reja, in Barishal due to torture while in the custody of the detectives of the Barishal Metropolitan Police.

The case has been handed over to the chief metropolitan magistrate of Barishal for investigation instead of the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI).

The High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order after holding hearing on a petition filed by deceased’s father Eunus Munshi seeking a judicial probe into the death.

Advocate Shishir Mohammad Manir took part in the hearing on behalf of the petitioner; Deputy Attorney General Sarwar Hossain Bappy represented the state.

According to the case documents, Rejaul Karim Reja died in a hospital in Barishal on January 02 this year after he had been picked by the members of the detective branch (DB) of police on December 29 last year. His relatives claimed that he died due to the torture of the law enforcers in their custody.

Later Rejaul’s father Eunus Munshi filed a case with the metropolitan magistrate court on January 05 as the Kotwali police did not record a murder case against three members of the detective branch of police.  

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