3 more opposition men killed by police in “crossfire”


At least three more opposition activists were shot dead by police while three others were shot at in Rajshahi, Jessore and Comilla early Friday. Police, however, claimed the incidents were ‘gunfights’.

The deceased were leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir. At least 19 men, mostly young political activists, were killed in so-called ‘crossfire’ or ‘gunfight’, after they were allegedly picked up by law enforcement agencies in the country during the fresh spate of violence for more than a month. At least four others, including two women, still remained missing.

New Age Jessore correspondent reported that a Jamaat activist was killed and a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leader sustained bullet wounds in a ‘gunfight’ at Ramnagar on the outskirts of Jessore town early morning after they ‘fled’ from police custody on Thursday. The deceased was Shahidul Islam, 35, son of Noor Ali, a resident of village Kashimpur in Satkhira sadar. The injured, Abdul Majid, 34, is president of Kalaroa municipality JCD unit.

Jessore police additional superintendent KM Ariful Haque said a ‘gunfight’ took place in front of Khanika Picnic Spot of sadar upazila around 1:45am. Police challenged a gang of miscreants who were heading towards Jessore in a microbus. They started firing while police also retaliated. The gunfight left one bullet injured, claimed Ariful. The injured was declared dead at Jessore Medical College and Hospital.

Earlier on Thursday, Sharsha police Officer in Charge Golam Kibria said the duo fled from police custody at Natunhat on Jessore-Benapole road in the afternoon while they were being taken to a Jessore court. However, a relative of Abdul Majid, earlier on Thursday night told journalists that Shahidul and Majid never fled from the police as he followed them in a motorbike till Jessore town. Majid was undergoing treatment at Satkhira Sadar Hospital.

In Rajshahi, a Shibir leader of Rajshahi University unit was killed in a ‘shootout’ early Friday. Motihar police officer-in-charge Alamgir Hossain told New Age that a group of Shibir activists attacked and hurled crude bombs on a police van on Dhaka-Rajshahi highway at Shamsadir of Katakhali in the city around 1:00am. In retaliation, police opened fire, leaving three Shibir men injured on the spot. They were taken to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital where one Shahabuddin died from his bullet wounds, the OC said.

The deceased, Shahabuddin, a Master’s student of crop science and technology department of Rajshahi University, was information affairs secretary of RU unit Shibir. Two other Shibir leaders were Mafijur Rahman, Binodpur residential unit secretary, and Habibur Rahman, Hobibur Rahman hall unit president. Both are RU students. Farhad Reza, publicity secretary of Shibir RU unit, said Motihar police detained the three Shibir men on Thursday night around 9:00pm in front of Katakhali Municipality when they were returning from a programme and later on killed Shahabuddin and shot at the other two in a planned way and cooked up a ‘shootout story’.

New Age Comilla correspondent reported that another Shibir leader Shahabuddin Patwari was killed by police at Lalbagh in Chauddagram early in the morning. Shahabuddin, Chauddagram upazila unit Shibir president, was picked up by plain-clothes police from his home on Thursday afternoon for interrogation in connection with Chauddagram bus arson that left eight people killed, said Shahbuddin’s uncle Nasiruddin Patwari.

Chauddagram police OC Uttam Kumar Chakrabarti said Jamaat-Shibir men were doing subversive activities on Dhaka-Chittagong highway on Chauddagram about 4:00pm. They also hurled crude bomb and opened fire at police’s petrol team. They retaliated by opening fire and Shahabuddin was caught in the line of fire. He died on spot, said the OC. Police claimed to have recovered live bullets, petrol bomb from the spot and said the deceased was one of the accused in Chauddagram bus arson case.

Source: New Age