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Another boy brutally tortured in Sylhet

45Less than three months after the brutal death of 13-year-old Rajon from inhuman torture in the hands of adults, another teenage boy experienced similar barbarity in Sylhet.
The incident happened in the district’s Jaintiapur upazila last week. Fortunately, the 15-year-old was rescued before the torture
became too much for him to handle, locals said.
Police said the teenager was the victim of a feud between his father Abul Hossain and one of his abusers Abdul Hannan, both of whom are fishermen and residents of the upazila’s Ghaterchhati Jatrapur village.
The feud was over a boat owned by Hossain which Hannan frequently borrowed for fishing. Agitated over the dispute, Hannan and his accomplices abducted the boy on September 13 around 8pm.
The culprits then took the teenager to a house, where Hannan and his accomplices – his wife Hanifa Begum and her brothers Abdul Ali, Helal Uddin and Azir Uddin, who are from the same village – tied him up and tortured him all night.
They sealed his lips shut with safety pins so that he could not make any noise, and then took turns in beating him. They also burned him in several places on his body, police said.
However, locals got wind of what was happening and alerted the victim’s family, who rushed to the house and rescued the boy on September 14 morning.
Battered and bruised, the boy was first taken to Jaintiapur Upazila Health Complex, but the doctors there referred him to MAG Osmani Medical College and Hospital in Sylhet,.
On September 18, the boy’s father filed a case against Hannan, his wife and his brothers-in-law with Jaintiapur police station. Police arrested Hanifa, but Hannan and his brothers-in-law went into hiding. ‘
Police produced Hanifa before a Sylhet court on Sunday. Hannan, Ali and Helal surrendered before the court yesterday, but Azir is still on the run, police said.
“The entire scheme was Hanifa’s. She was the one who instigated Hannan to torture the victim,” said Sub-Inspector Kazi Shahedul Islam, investigation officer of the case.