Police beating rickshaw-puller sparks protest


Nearly a hundred people blocked Dhaka-Aricha highway in Hemayetpur area of Savar, on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka, on Friday protesting a police assault on a rickshaw puller.

The protest follows an official of Savar highway police allegedly beating a rickshaw puller as the latter allegedly plying his auto-rickshaw on the highway

Victim Md Raihan, hailing from Kumargari village of Gaibandha’s Gabindaganj upazila, said he received the injury on his leg as the Plain-clothes policeman hit with a ‘hacksaw blade’ when he was bagging for pardon.

He received three stitches on his leg after being taken to Savar Upazila Health Complex.

In-charge of Savar’s Tannery police outpost Inspector Md Jahidul Islam said the demonstrators blocked the highway for around 20 minutes before police cleared the roads.

“However, we are investigating into the allegation,” he added.

Officer-In-Charge of Savar Highway police Golam Mostafa claimed that no such incident happened.

Ali Ahmed Khan, Superintendent of Highway police (Gazipur Region) told The Bangladesh Post that police did not assault the rickshaw puller.

“Rather two were injured during the drive to remove illegal auto rickshaw them from the highway,” he added.