Bangladesh

Lalmonirhat OC, accused of taking bribe after using hand-sanitser, withdrawn

The officer-in-charge (OC) of Lalmonirhat Sadar Police Station, whose video went viral on social media after taking bribe money after using hand-sanitiser, has been withdrawn.

OC Mahfuz Alam has been transferred to Dhaka Tourist Police as per an order from the police headquarters yesterday afternoon, reports our Lalmonirhat correspondent.

In the video, the OC was seen rubbing his hands with sanitiser and then accepting Tk 10,000 from some people in connection with filing a "false case".

He was also seen keeping the money in his pocket while asking for more. Then he gave directions on how to harass their opponents through the false case.

Lalmonirhat Superintendent of Police Abida Sultana said that a three-member investigation committee was looking into the incident. The concerned higher authorities will take departmental action on the basis of the investigation report, she added.

It was learned that Shukhi Begum, an alleged money-lender of Lalmonirhat town, along with her men, attacked and vandalised the house of Shahana Begum, a railway employee in the area.

They injured Shahana and looted her house. Shahana filed a case against seven people including Shukhi Begum in this regard with Lalmonirhat Sadar Police Station on July 22.

Shukhi Begum and her men asked for help from OC Mahfuz in order to get away with the case. OC Mahfuz recorded a false case against victim Shahana in exchange of bribe money on July 27.

The video of the incident where he accepted the bribe after sanitising his hands went viral on Facebook on August 11.

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