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Child beaten to death, video stirs online storm
Observer Online Desk
Published :Sunday, 12 July, 2015,  Time : 7:42 PM  View Count : 485
Sylhet: A video clip of a 13-year-old boy brutally tortured to death in Sylhet has gone viral on the internet, creating a firestorm on the social media.

It was evident from conversations in the shocking 28-minute footage that one of his suspected assailants filmed.

Samiul Islam Rajon was beaten to death on July 8 on accusations of stealing a rickshaw van at Kumargaon of Sylhet Sadar Upazila.

Rajon, who had studied up to grade four at a local primary school, was a vegetable vendor. His father Sheikh Azizur Rahman is a driver in profession.

Locals caught one Muhith Alam, 22, while he was taking the body to dump in a microbus and turned him over to police on Jul 8.

Police have filed a case against four, including Alam, over the murder.

The others accused are Alam’s brother Kamrul Islam, 24, Ali Haider, 34 and Moyna Mia, 45.

The video shows the boy tied up to a pole of a shop at Kumargaon Bus Station. Two people can be seen, but voices of at least three to four people can be heard.

One of the men is seen beating Rajon, asking him to tell his name, admit that he stole the van and tell who else were involved.

In the footage, the boy is seen being beaten with a stick for almost 16 minutes at a stretch. When Rajan wants some water, the men tell him to drink his own sweat.

Rajon screams while his tormentors burst into laughter and swear at him in the 28-minute clip. His left hand and right leg are wrung and the head, stomach and nails hit with the stick.

At one stage, the men walk Rajon with his hands untied. “His bones are apparently intact, beat him more…” one of them is heard saying.

Then, he is tied once again to the pole and thrashed. Rajon asks them to hand him over to police, when one of them replied: “I am the police.”

A voice asks the man who was filming the torture whether it was being captured properly.

“I have posted it in Facebook. The whole world will see it now…” replied the man on the camera.

Towards the end of the video, a voice is heard asking the others what else needs to be done. 

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