Death of Jamaat leader Akramuzzaman Raja Miah in custody

Dead body

Akramuzzaman Raja Miah (55), president of Ward No 31 of Khulna City Unit of Bangladesh Jaamat-i-Islami, died in custody on 12 October 2015 night after suffering from a heart attack. He had been produced before court on the morning of the same day and after being denied bail, was brought back in jail in good health. Suddenly turning ill, he felt pain in the heart during the evening and died in Khulna Medical College Hospital at night, according to Khulna Jail Authority.

Raja Miah was arrested by police on the 27th of September 2015 from his locality at Azad Master Road of the city while he was out greeting and meeting with people on Eid with two of his friends, Nasiruddin Mollah and Kabir Hossain Nazmul. Later, he was shown arrested under section 25B of the Special Power Act, 1974, a widely known black law of the country, which has no option of bail and allows preventive detention, extending the power of the police to detain and interrogate ‘suspects’ in the name of ‘state security’. Raja Miah’s family informed media that the case against him was false and fabricated. Khulna District Jail Super Kamrul Islam said that Raja Miah may have died from mental stress after being subject to arrest under a non-bailable section.

Jamaat-e-Islami in a statement claimed that Raja Miah was arrested and detained by government unjustly, and negligence and lack of proper treatment paved the way of his custodial death.