Assam Police arrested Safiqul Islam’s wife, Rashida Khatun, and his daughter, a Class 8 student, on May 22, two days after he purportedly died in police custody in Assam.
Six people have been arrested including Islam’s wife and daughter for allegedly burning down the Batadraba police station, Nagaon Superintendent of Police Leena Doley told sources on Monday.
Meanwhile, the accused has been charged in three separate cases. On one occasion, the Assam Police used the Unlawful (Activities) Prevention Act.
The Assam Police stated they were investigating whether the accused were linked to the banned Ansarullah Bangla Team in Bangladesh.
Late on May 20, Islam was apprehended. His family claimed that the authorities were seeking Rs 10,000 and a duck in exchange for his release. Rashida Khatun, Islam’s wife, claimed that they beat her husband to death because the family could only buy a duck.
However, the police said that Islam was ill and that he was transferred to the district hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A mob set fire to the Batadraba police station in Nagaon district on May 21, shortly after Islam’s death.
Assam Police takes special investigation team due to burning down of the police station
However, the burning down of the police station has prompted the formation of a special investigation team led by Nagaon assistant superintendent of Assam Police.
Further, Karbi Anglong assistant superintendent of police will conduct an investigation into the death of Islam.
The Nagaon administration demolished the residences of people accused of setting fire to the Batadraba Police Station on Sunday. Moreover, Islam’s house had also been demolished by the district authority.
Authorities did not offer any notification, according to residents, and residents were prohibited from entering the area during the drive.
While there are no provisions in the law for residences of those accused of crimes to be demolished, this pattern has been observed repeatedly in states held by the Bharatiya Janata Party.
According to the authorities, the destruction was ordered after it was discovered that individuals who attacked the police station had encroached on the property. They said the residents had faked land paperwork.