Cox's Bazar Sadar police station's Officer-in-Charge Shahjahan Kabir has been suspended after a contraband yaba trader died in police custody.
Additional Superintendent (administration) of Cox's Bazar police Md Iqbal Hossain confirmed The Business Standard on Tuesday.
According to witnesses, the victim, Nabi Hossain, 38, was selling yaba tablets in Kharulia Bazar on Monday and some locals tried to seize him at that time. But he tried to flee the scene, attacking the locals with a sharp weapon. However, the locals managed to catch him and informed police after beating him badly.
Jhilangja Union Parishad chairman Tipu Sultan said, "Nabi seemed was in good health when he was handed over to a police team led by Sadar Police Station SI Anjan."
Sadar Model Police Station Officer-in-Charge (investigation) Khairuzzaman said, "On information, police rescued the injured yaba trader, brought him to the police station and gave first aid."
On Tuesday morning, he fell sick and was admitted to Sadar Hospital, where he passed away.
"A case has been filed against him under the Narcotics Control Act," said Khairuzzaman, adding, "There are two more cases against him."
However, Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital Residential Medical Officer (RMO) Dr Shaheen Abdur Rahman said he was out of the hospital then and knew nothing about the incident.