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College student Sumaiya Sultana Shima and her mother Aleya Akhter were given electric shocks and physically tortured in six days of confinement in police custody at Kushtia

At around 3 am on September 9, 2012, Aleya Akhter (50) and Sumaiya Sultana Shima (18), respectively the wife and daughter of late Salam Molla, resident of 1 no. Beradanga area of Rajbari pouroshobha of Rajbari district was detained without any case by the police of Khoksha Police Station of Kushtia. The police of Khoksha Police Station and Detective Branch (DB) police physically assaulted the girl and gave both of them electric shock for 6 days in the name of interrogation. Then the DB police sent them to Kumarkhali Police Station. Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Kumarkhali Police Station, Mohammad Abdur Razzak
sent them to Kushtia cognizance Court number 3 by showing them arrested under section-54 at around 11:15 am on September 15, 2012. They both were released on bail on September 18, 2012. This incident of torture was published in print media on September 25, 2012. On September 26, 2012, when both of them went to give their attendance at the court, the court discharged them. However due to the news being published in the newspaper police arrested them as suspects of a murder case on the same day and then the Court again sent them to jail.

During the fact finding it comes to our knowledge that Shima’s father was a resident of Baroipara village of 9 no. Ambaria Union Parishad of Khoksha Police Station of Kushtia district. Moreover, he was an opponent of Mohammad Nurul Islam the chairman of Ambaria Union Parishad. Shima’s father Salam Molla died four years ago in the hands of miscreants. Then her family settled to Beradanga of Razbari district near her grandparents (mother’s parents) home. Shima is a first year student of arts of Dr. Abul Hossain College.

On August 28, 2012, Chairman Nurul Islam was killed by some unknown people. However, the police suspected that Shima, her brother Arif Hossain (14) and her mother were involved with the murder.

fact-finding-torture-Shima & Aleya-2012-eng (full text in English, PDF)

fact-finding-torture-Shima & Aleya-2012-bang (full text in Bangla, PDF)

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