Two victims were killed in what RAB alleges was a “gunfight” in Dhaka early Sunday. One of the families on Monday evening identified one of the two victims killed by the Rapid Action Battalion in an incident of ‘gunfight’ at Rampura in the city on Sunday and said that the man went missing on December 22, 2014. The deceased was identified as Abdul Kalam Azad, 45, an unemployed driver, said his wife Shahinur Begum.
On early Sunday, two men were killed by the battalion in an incident of ‘gunfight’ in the capital’s Rampura. The battalion claimed that a pistol and six bullets were recovered from the spot and another pistol, two jackets used by Detective Branch of police, a walkie-talkie and a handcuff were found in a car used by the ‘miscreants.
Azad hailed from Bhola and he was the father of three daughters. The family said that Azad went missing on December 22. He went out from the house following an altercation with her wife in the morning of December 21. They talked over cell phone at about noon on the day. Since then his phone was switched off. The victim’s sister Yasmin said that they received a call on Sunday night from a Warid number. The caller informed them that Azad was at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. ‘The number is switched off and we do not know reasons of the killing since he was living a normal life,’ said Yasmin. Shahinur said that her husband already served five years in jail and was released in October 2014.
The identity of the other victim is yet to be established and the body is kept at Dhaka Medical College Hospital mortuary, said forensic medicine department head Habibuzzaman Chowdhury, adding that they would keep the body at the mortuary for at least a week since it was a criminal case. Rampura police sub-inspector Tipu Sultan, investigation of the case, said that DNA sample was collected and details of the body were sent to the police stations in the city to find out the identity of the victim.
It was the third incident of killing by law enforcement agencies in reported incidents of gunfight in the capital in a week amidst the ongoing non-stop blockade called by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance.