A sub-inspector of police has been closed over his alleged involvement in beating up a train driver for he flashed light on a group of policemen in Cumilla.
Kasba Police Station Sub-Inspector Kamal Hossain, along with two other policemen, reportedly assaulted the train driver at the upazila's Imambari Railway Station on Monday late night. Names of the other two law enforcers have not been revealed.
The injured train driver, Mohiuddin, hails from Gunoboti village under Chauddagram upazila of the same district.
According to local sources, a Noakhali-bound intercity express train stopped at the Imambari Railway Station around 3:30am on Monday when driver Mohiuddin lit flashlight at some policemen standing at the station.
Angry at it, three policemen came to Mohiuddin and beat him up. At one point, they dragged him down the train and took him to the front of the station master's room where they assaulted him again.
Mohiuddin lost consciousness due to heavy beating. He has been admitted to a hospital in Cumilla.
Injured Mohiuddin said, "There was some railway baggage booked directly from Dhaka to Chattogram in a carriage on the back of the train. Often, the locks are broken and the baggage are discarded. So, when the train stops anywhere, we light a flashlight to look around. That is why I lit the flashlight."
Denying the allegation, Kasba Police Station Officer-in-Charge Lokman Hossain said, "We have been informed by the police headquarters that Mohiuddin abused the policemen. The law enforcers tried to detain him but when he revealed his identity, he was allowed to go. There was no incident of beating."
Assistant Superintendent of Police of the Kasba Circle Abdul Karim said a three-member inquiry committee headed by Additional Superintendent of Police (Administration) Muhammad Alamgir Hossain has been formed to investigate the incident.
Meanwhile, the accused sub-inspector has been attached to the police line, he said.