Mahmudur brutally tortured: Khaleda

>> Monday, June 14, 2010

Staff Correspondent, The Daily Star

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia last night alleged that the daily Amar Desh Acting Editor Mahmudur Rahman was brutally tortured by some "unidentified persons" in an undisclosed location in the name of police remand.

The incident proved that the incumbent government is determined to "eradicate him from the world", she added.

"Unidentified persons undressed Mahmudur Rahman, and beat him indiscriminately in custody," she said at a media briefing in her Gulshan office in the capital.

She said the persons who had Mahmudur Rahman in custody during remand, the high officials concerned, and those of the top level of government on whose instruction such a vile incident took place, none of them will be able to avoid the responsibility.

The former premier said during the tenure of her government, torture during remand did not occur. "All got bail during our tenure," she said.

The BNP chairperson demanded an enquiry into the incident, and said the persons responsible for the torture of Mahmudur Rahman must be tried.

She also asked the authorities to withdraw all cases filed against him, and to release him immediately.

Khaleda, also the leader of the opposition in parliament, warned the officers and employees of the state about the consequences of doing anything extra legal and extra constitutional, saying, "The consequence will not be good. Don't violate the law. Remember, no government is the final government."

She urged all to forge a movement, saying, "Otherwise what is happening to Mahmudur Rahman now, might happen to anyone."

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain, former law minister Moudud Ahmed, and Supreme Court Bar Association President Khandaker Mahbub Hossain were also present among others.

Tejgoan police arrested Mahmudur from the Amar Desh office in Karwan Bazar of the capital on June 2, after the daily's publisher Hasmat Ali Hashu filed a fraud case against him the day before.


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