A youth died under custody of Hatirjheel police Station in the city early Saturday.
Though police claimed that the youth identified as Rumman Sheikh, alias Sumon, (25) committed suicide, family members said he was tortured to death.
However, two policemen were suspended in connection with the incident and a 3-member inquiry committee has also formed in this connection.
The temporarily suspended policemen are - Hatirjheel police station SI Hemayet Hossain and constable Md. Zakaria.
Talking to reporters at Hatirjheel Police Station on Saturday evening, Deputy Commissioner(DC- Tejgaon Division) HM Azimul Haque said a case was filed with Hatirjheel police station in connection with stealing of Tk 53 lakh from the office of Unilever's Pureit Company on August 15.
Police arrested three people identified as Al Amin, Sohel Rana and Anik Hossain in connection with the incident. They are now in jail, the DC said.
Rumman Sheikh was identified by analyzing the CCTV footage of the place of occurrence and also interrogating the three arrestees. Later, police arrested Rumman from his house in Rampura Mahanagar project area on Friday afternoon and recovered Tk 3,13,700 from his possession. Then he was kept in police custody around 11 pm, he said.
The DC said that Rumman Sheikh was supposed to be sent to the court on Saturday morning. But he hanged himself from an iron grill with the trousers he was wearing at around 3:32 am on early Saturday. " It was seen in the CCTV footage and this footage was also shown to the deceased's wife and relatives," he added.
He also said that SI Hemayet Hossain, who was Duty Officer on Friday night, and constable Md. Zakaria have been suspended for negligence of duty.
Besides, a three-member inquiry committee headed by Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADC) Tejgaon Industrial Zone Hafiz Al Farooq has been constituted.
The DC also dismissed the allegation of torturing to death by the family members saying that no such incident took place.
Meanwhile, local residents and relatives rushed to Hatirjheel police station after hearing the news of Rumman's death on Saturday afternoon. They protested in front of the police station alleging that Rumman was tortured to death under police custody and also demanded justice for this murder.
During the protest, Suman's wife alleged that police demanded Tk 5 lakh from them. Police killed Rumman as they failed to meet their demand. 'I want justice,' she said.
A sister-in-law of Rumman, who was present in front of the police station, said that her brother-in-law (Dula Bhai) came to his brother's house in Hatirjheel Madhubagh area on Friday on the anniversary of his mother's death. A team of Hatirjheel police station went to that house and arrested him saying that he was involved in stealing money, she said.
Police conducted a search of the whole house but did not get anything and then left the house taking her brother-in-law, she said.
About showing CCTV footage, she said, "We have been shown a little CCTV footage, showing him taking off his pants and going towards the fan. But the police did not show footage of committing suicide. But where was the police at that time. They killed him and then hanged him. We want justice.”