The Supreme Court Bar Association in a statement on Saturday alleged that its member AMB Ibrahim Khalil was tortured in the custody of the Rapid Action Battalion and prosecuted on Thursday on a ‘funny’ charge.
Chakwbazar police station officer-in-charge Moudud Howlader said that he was not aware of any torture of the lawyer in custody but the RAB-10 accused him of resisting law enforcers from arresting a suspect, and assaulting them.
RAB-10 commanding officer additional deputy inspector general Mahfujur Rahman said that the allegation of torture raised by the lawyer against battalion members was baseless. He was rather arrested for obstructing battalion members from arresting a suspected drug dealer, the battalion official said, adding that further action would be taken against him for making the ‘false allegation.’
Supreme Court Bar Association secretary Ruhul Kuddus Kajal said that the lawyer told him that he was picked up by the battalion members on a motorcycle near the High Court area on Thursday afternoon and kept detained in a secret place for hours and tortured in custody, injuring his eyes and face, among others.
Ruhul said that the lawyer was handed over to Chakwbazar police station and now was in jail as a metropolitan magistrate court on Friday set his bail application for hearing today.
He said that the motive behind the torture was not entirely clear but he was vocal on social media over irregularities of lawyer forums.