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Family fears SQ Chy may be killed

Edit Date:12/20/2010 12:00:00 AM


Staff Correspondent

Family members of BNP standing committee member Salauddin Quader Chowdhury on Saturday said they feared he might be killed in custody in the way his father Fazlul Quader Chowdhury was ‘poisoned to death’.
   Salauddin’s daughter, Farzin Quader, at a briefing at his Dhanmondi house said, ‘We fear for his life; he might be killed in the way our grandfather Fazlul Quader Chowdhury was killed in custody by poisoning.’
   She rejected the claim of the detective branch police that Salauddin was not tortured in custody. She produced some video footages that showed marks of blood on his head when he was taken to the court.
   The deputy commissioner of detective branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (South), Monirul Islam, on Friday said, ‘Salauddin Quader Chowdhury was kept in the lock-up of the DB Office at Minto Road. We did not get any allegation of torture on him.’
   ‘Before entering the court, my father narrated the extent of torture he was subjected to …He walked with difficulty as they broke his ankles… He had told the court that the shirt he was wearing was the fourth one after they compelled him to change three shirts which were soaked in blood,’ she said.
   Fardin sought the prime minister’s intervention into the torture on her father and appealed for fair trial.
   ‘The War Crimes Tribunal has not yet issued a warrant for his arrest. Why was he arrested in advance and tortured in custody. Was the torture aimed to kill him before holding the trial,’ she asked.
   She alleged that none of the family members, not even Salauddin’s counsels, was allowed to meet him. ‘We will have no objection if you do not allow us to meet him. Please allow the attorneys to consult him. It is his right.’
   Farzin said her younger brother Humam Quader was staying in Chittagong and police kept the house cordoned off. ‘Why is such humiliation?’
   Salauddin’s wife, Farhat Quader, said her husband could be tried in court
   if he had committed any offence. ‘Why they are torturing a sitting lawmaker who never lost an election since 1979?’
   Salauddin’s eldest son Faiyaz Quader and daughter-in-law Dania Quader were also present at the briefing.

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