Labour Organisation Leader Killed in Rangpur: police claim ‘crossfire’, family assert murder by police

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Nazmul Huda Lavlu, president of the Mithapukur subdistrict branch of Shramik Kalyan Federation (Labour Welfare Federation) was killed in what police have claimed was a ‘gunfight’ at Rangpur yesterday. However, the family have alleged that police extrajudicially murdered Lavlu by shooting in custody.

Shariful Islam, Senior Inspector of Detective Branch of Rangpur Division confirmed the news. In his statement he claimed that an on duty police patrol car saw some miscreants cutting trees for barricading the road at around 3am at night at Dhaka-Rangpur Highway. Suddenly they started hurling petrol bombs, cocktails and began shooting at the police. Police returned fire in self defence and the miscreants ran away. Police recovered the wounded body of Lavlu and took him to the hospital, where the doctors declared him dead.

Lavlu was the son of Nurunabi Shah from Mirzapur village of Latifpur union of the Upazilla. He was the president of the Mithapukur subdistrict branch of Shramik Kalyan Federation (Labour Welfare Federation). Prior to that, he was the president of the Mithapukur upazilla branch of Islami Chhatra Shibir, the opposition Islamist youth organisation.

However, Mr. Nurunnabi, father of the deceased, stated that “two or three days ago the police picked up my son from his house. Then they murdered him and framed the murder in a ‘crossfire’ drama.” He demanded exemplary punishment of the members of the law enforcing agency implicated in this killing of his son.

Source: Naya Diganta