At around 7.30 pm on November 5, 2009, Nazrul Islam, Sub-Inspector (SI) of the Pirgacha Police Station arrested Mohammad Nurujjaman Mia (56) from the village of Purba Chandipur, Pirgacha, in front of Mohammad Mahtab Hossain’s (35) shop at the Pirgacha Railway Station after which he took Nurujjaman to the Police Station. It was learned from an eye-witness that Nurujjaman was physically assaulted while he was being arrested. Within an hour of arrest, Nurujjaman died in police custody. It has been alleged by the family members of the deceased that Nurujjaman was tortured to death by the police. On the contrary, police claimed that Nurujjaman had suddenly fallen ill when he was in custody and died while he was being taken to Pirgacha Upazila Health Complex.