News Desk Report
A Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinee Swapon Kumar Roy, 19, arrested in a cow stealing case filed over three months ago in Patgram upazila.
Swapon is a student of Patgram Technical and Business Management College, appeared at the examination inside the district jail yesterday(2 April). He arrested from near their home at Bhandardah village of Jagotber union of Patgram upazila, claiming his involvement in a cow stealing incident at the village on Thursday(30 March).
But they produced him before a judicial magistrate’s court on Friday morning, showing him arrested in a pending case filed on December 27 last year.
Following the instructions from the controller of examinations of Technical Education Board, Dhaka, arrestee Swapon attended the examination inside the jail, said Kishore Kumar Nag, superintendent of district jail.
“Swapon was given his books for reading in jail on Friday and I sent letter to the education board controller the next day, seeking permission for Swapon’s taking part in the examination,” he said.
The District and Sessions Judge’s Court granted his bail prayer yesterday, said advocate Shariful Islam Raju.
“We feel temporary relief as our son Swapon could take part in his examination and the court granted his bail prayer,” said Swapon’s father Subhas Chandra Roy.
“We are simple farmers. I believe Swapon became a victim of local politics as we have been facing a problem over casting vote in the union parishad polls last year,” he said.
Nuruzzaman Ahmed, sub-inspector (SI) of Patgram Police Station, said, “College student Swapon was caught red-handed while stealing a cow at Bhandardah village on Thursday noon, and villagers handed him over to police.”
Asked why he was produced before the court in a pending case that was filed earlier on December 27, the SI said, “It was done as no case was lodged regarding Thursday’s incident. Swapon was not a named accused in the pending case but his name came up in police probe later.”
Though, several locals including Sirajul Islam, 48, of Bhandardah village said no cattle theft incident occurred there on Thursday noon and so, there is no question of handing him over to police.