PBI asked to probe Kishore’s torture complaint

Staff Correspondent

15 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

A Dhaka court on Sunday asked Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) to probe the case filed over torture of cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore in police custody.  

Cartoonist Kishore, who had been in jail for more than nine months in a case filed against him under the Digital Security Act, filed the case on March 10 on charges of torturing him in police custody.

After taking the complaint into cognisance, Judge KM Emrul Kayesh of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court on Sunday asked the PBI to investigate the case.

 The court also ordered the PBI to submit a probe report by April 15 before the court after conducting the investigation with a superintendent of police (SP)-ranked PBI officer.

At the same time, the court also asked the head of the ENT department of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) to form a medical board within the next 24 hours in connection with the case.

The court also asked the medical board to report in detail on injury marks on Kishore’s body, and mention how long the marks have been there, and send it to the PBI within the next three working days.

On March 10, Kishore filed the case with the court under the Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention) Act against unidentified perpetrators. Kishore was released from Kashimpur Central Jail on March 4, a day after the High Court granted him six-month bail in a DSA case.

Earlier, RAB arrested Kishore and writer Mushtaq Ahmed, also a businessman, from their respective homes in Kakrail and Lalmatia areas on May 5 last year on charges of spreading misinformation about the government on social media.