Friday, 22 July 2011

Torture on Woman; UP chairman arrested

A union parishad chairman of Bagerhat who was allegedly involved in torturing a housewife during village arbitration was arrested from the Supreme Court premises yesterday (July 21) as per a High Court order.

Mozammel Hossain, chairman of Southkhali union in Sharankhola upazila, was nabbed after he appeared before the HC bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik and Gobinda Chandra Tagore in connection with the incident.

Firoza Begum, a housewife, was mercilessly beaten up at village arbitration in June in the presence of a large number of locals, including the chairman, on charge of having an "extramarital relationship".
After the news of the torture was reported in newspaper and television channels, the HC bench on July 14 in a suo moto order asked Mozammel and OC of Sharankhola Police Station Abdul Aziz to appear before it yesterday to explain their position over the incident.
The chairman and OC Aziz appeared before the bench yesterday morning.
After hearing their statement yesterday, the court directed the OC to arrest Mozammel immediately and file a case against him.
It also ordered the OC to produce the victim housewife before on July 25 to hear her statement.
The court asked the OC to explain why police turned down the victim from lodging a case and why they refrained from taking any action against the chairman.
In reply, Abdul Aziz said police did not find any evidence of the chairman's involvement in the torture.
Mozammel could not give any suitable answer to the HC over the incident.
After coming out from the courtroom, OC Aziz handed over Mozammel to Shahbagh Police Station in the city.
Daily Star 

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