The police officer, who allegedly tried to blackmail a Bangladesh Bank official on Saturday night, has been taken off duty.
Golam Rabbi, who works in central bank’s communication division, alleged that Mohammadpur police Sub-Inspector Masud Shikdar did not take him to a police station but kept him confined in his vehicle in a bid to extort money on Saturday night.
Tejgaon police’s Additional Deputy Commissioner Wahedul Islam told bdnews24.com that Shikdar has been taken off duty following the allegations.
A former student of Dhaka University, Rabbi has, in the past, worked as a news anchor at a TV station.
Around 11:30pm on Sunday, he was stopped by police at Mohammadpur area and first body-searched. Then he was asked to pay up or face prosecution as a Yaba dealer and addict.
Rabbi said he was returning from a relative’s home.
"Even when I told them I work for Bangladesh Bank, SI Masud abused me in foul language," Rabbi said.
However, SI Masud Shikdar told bdnews24.com that Rabbi was not dragged to the police station keeping in mind his social position as an official of Bangladesh Bank.
"We detained him because he failed to explain what he was doing in that area so late at night." Shikdar said.
He said Rabbi resisted the usual body search police would put anyone through if he or she evoked suspicion.
"He (Rabbi) also made many adverse comments about the police. We let him go after discussing the matter with the OC," Shikdar claimed.