The Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) on Wednesday arrested suspended sub-inspector (SI) Ashek Elahi in connection with the death of Rayhan Ahmed in police custody at Bandar Bazar outpost in Sylhet.
Confirming the news, PBI Sylhet Superintendent of Police (SP) Khaleduzzaman said, "He will be produced before a court today with a plea to take him on remand."
The investigation officials have come to know that Rayhan Ahmed was brought to the Bandar Bazar police outpost by a team led by SI Ashek Elahi.
Earlier, another two accused - constables Titu Chandra Das and Harunur Rashid - were remanded over the incident. A Sylhet court on 28 October sent Titu to jail after the eight days of remand. Harunur Rashid may be produced before court today as his remand completed.
Rayhan Ahmed, who was beaten to death on 11 October, in police custody at the Bandar Bazar police outpost, had 111 injury marks and two of his nails were pulled off, according to the autopsy report.
Rayhan died in police custody following the brutal torture, his family alleged. However, police denied the allegation saying he was caught by locals while mugging and was lynched. Police said they had found Rayhan wounded by the mob lynching and took him to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
On 12 October, Rayhan's wife filed a case under the Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention) Act 2013 with Sylhet Kotwali Police Station.
Later, an investigation committee was formed, and it found primary evidence of torture. Following the recommendation of the committee, Bandar Bazar outpost in-charge Sub-Inspector Akber Hossain Bhuiyan, and three constables – Harunur Rashid, Towhid Miah, and Titu Chandra Das – were suspended.