Youths torture schoolboy on theft charge in Rajshahi

New Age Online

A schoolboy has been tortured mercilessly by a group of young men over a theft at Chowbari in Paba of Rajshahi. The torturers also filmed the incident.
The victim, Zahid Hasan, a Class VIII student of Bagsara High School and son of Imran Ali of Bagsara area, was admitted to Paba Upazila Health Complex, United News of Bangladesh reports.
The victim’s father alleged that after taking his lunch on Friday, Zahid was going to his maternal grandfather’s house at Bayat in the upazila.
Several young men — Palash, Nasir Uddin, Jamal, Razzak, Tuhin, Anik, and Azizul of the village picked up Zahid from in front of Rajshahi Airport.
They took him to a house of one Fazlul Bari and tied him up with rope.
They continued torturing Zahid from 3:00pm to 10:00pm and also tried to take confession from him that he had stolen a mobile phone set.
As Zahid did not confess, they handed him over to his father around 10:30pm.
The torturers also took a signature of Imran in a white paper while handing over injured Zahid.
Imran said a mobile phone of Rakib, son of Fazlul Bari, got stolen on Friday morning.
Over the issue, they also tortured another 12-13-year-old boy Imran, son of late Masud Ali of the area. Imran also alleged them that Zahid stole the mobile phone.
Shariful Islam, officer in-charge of Paba police station, said a case was filed against 13 people on Saturday afternoon in this connection.
The police are trying to arrest the perpetrators, added the OC.
Zahid’s father alleged that the torturers who were locally influential were threatening him as he complained to police.
The police also arrested Azizul, 45, a resident of the village, in connection with the case.
Earlier, similar type of brutal torture on two boys — Rajan and Rakib — claimed their lives in Sylhet and Khulna last year and their killers ended up in receiving death sentences.

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