Sylhet Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate M Kazi Emdadul Islam On Wednesday ordered to exhume the body of Raihan Uddin, the youth who was allegedly tortured to death in Sylhet police custody, for re-autopsy.
The order came after former investigative officer of the case MD Abdul Baten, also the sub-inspector of Sylhet Kotwali Model Police Station, applied for it.
Confirming the matter, Md Khaleduzzaman, additional police super of Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI), said, "An executive magistrate was appointed in this regard. We will unearth the body after consulting with him."
Earlier on October 13, the case was handed-over to PBI.
On October 11, the youth Rayhan Ahmed died in police custody following torture, his family alleged. However, police denied the allegation and said Rayhan was caught by locals while mugging and was lynched.
Police say they found the man wounded by the mob and took him to hospital where he died.
However, the victim's mother said Rayhan had called her from an unknown number at 4:23am and said that police had taken him to Bandarbazar police out-post and demanded Tk10,000 for his release.
Rayhan's uncle rushed to free him with Tk5,000, but police rejected him. He was told to come in the morning after arranging Tk10,000.
Rayhan's uncle went to Bandarbazar police out-post at 9:00am when police said Rayhan fell ill and was taken to hospital at 7:00am.
After rushing to the hospital, he came to know that Rayhan was already dead and that his body had been sent for post-mortem examination.
The uncle said "Rayhan was killed in police torture, his body bore numerous wound marks."
On October 13, a writ was filed at the High Court (HC) seeking an independent and impartial probe into the death of a Sylhet youth who was allegedly tortured to death in police custody.
Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Syed Fazle Elahi filed the writ petition also seeking reasonable compensation for the victim's family.The court fixed October 14 for the hearing on the plea.