Police arrested at least 17 people in the space of 24 hours over an attack on three of its members in the capital’s Jurain area.
“A total of 23 people have been arrested so far over the incident,” said Ashraf Hossain, deputy commissioner of the Detective Branch (Wari Zone) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, on Friday.
A group of people launched an attack on Sergeant Ali Hossain while he was checking the license and registration documents of motorcyclist Md Rony, who was travelling on the wrong side of the road in the Jurain Railgate area, according to police.
Hossain was injured in the incident and required 21 stitches on his hand. Traffic Constable Sirajul Islam and ASI Utpal Dutta of Shyampur Police Station were also injured while trying to protect him from the mob.
Motorcyclist Rony, his wife Yasin Nishat Bhuiyan and her brother Yasin Arafat were detained shortly after the incident.
They were placed under arrest after a case was filed over the attack against 400 people with Shyampur Police Station.
Nishat, who was with Rony on the motorcycle, began screaming when the sergeant signalled her husband to stop and took the couple to a police box to check the documents, according to the police.
Rony claimed himself as a journalist of ‘Barta Bichitra’ during the incident. But he was identified as a lawyer in a bail plea submitted to the court on Wednesday.