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Cops-villagers clash over custodial death in Rangpur

Locals say Shamsul was killed: Police claims he committed suicide

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Staff Reporter :
At least 30 people, including cops personnel, were reportedly injured in a long clash between law enforcers and villagers centering the death of a local man inside the custody of  Behndabari Police Outpost under Pirganj upazila in Rangpur district on Wednesday.    
The villagers claimed that elderly local Shamshul Haq was beaten to death by police men hours after he was picked up by some law enforcing members on charge of drug peddling. But Police said that Shamshul committed suicide by hanging his shirt during the custody sometime in the morning.
Soon after the news of Shamshul's death spread, many locals gheraoed the Pirganj Police Station demanding the justice of want they termed intentional killing at cops custody,  clash between Police and the villagers continued for several hours.
As the situation deteriorated, law enforcers fired tear shells and rubber bullets to disperse the angry crowd. Following the firing, 15 people received bullets injuries. And 15 others people and eight police personnel were also  injured during the clash.
Maruf Hossain, Additional Superintendent of Police in Rangpur, said, "Police detained Shamshul Haq with liquor d early hours of Wednesday. At one stage, he committed suicide with hanging to the window early in the morning."
He also said that law enforcers fired tear shells and rubber bullets to control the situation.      
Pirganj Police Station Offcier-in-Charge (OC) Suresh Chandra said that villagers gheraoed the PS demanding justice.  Police will make clear after getting post mortem report of the body.
Meanwhile, five police members have been withdrawn for negligence of duty over the death of an elderly man at the police outpost in Pirganj upazila.
The withdrawn police members are-Bhendabari Police Outpost In-Charge Aminul Islam, Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Shah Alam, ASI Harikant Barman, ASI Tajuddin and Constable Ariful Islam
The police officials have been attached to Rangpur Police Lines after being withdrawn on Wednesday afternoon.

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