On Monday night, the night of 13th of January 2015, Mohammad Zobaer (18), son of Mohammad Younus, and an activist (worker) of Bangladesh Islami Chhatra Shibir, was returning from attending a mehfil (religious congregation) on the occasion of Siraat-un-nabi (term referring to the legacy and life of the Prophet S.A.W), at Chunti Union, Lohagara sub district, Chittagong South district, when he was abducted by assailants, subject to brutal torture and then killed.
His lifeless body was found next morning at Chunti bazaar of Lohagara upazila, beside a fence store in the bazaar. His body bore deep black and blue marks, especially at the regions of his chest, neck and face, indications of inflictions of inhuman torture till death.
The police account of the death bore resemblance to other cases of extrajudicial killings prevalent in the country. According to police, at around 4am on 14th January, Shibir activist Jubayer, a resident of Chunti area of Lohagara upazila, was killed when a truck ran over him and his two associates while they were trying to stop and torch the truck on the Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar Highway.
Police said they had found Jubayer’s body but the other two had been taken away by their families and were secretly being given treatment. They were however unable to explain why the truck had failed to crush the body of the victim or why it had managed to leave him whole. They were also at a loss to explain the apparent black and blue torture marks on the deceased activist.
Major media outlets (Dhaka Tribune, Banglamail, Banglanews, Financial Express) reported the police version of the news, with accounts suggesting a miscreant Jobayer was run over by a justice meting truck. The contrasting family account, and the state of the body of the deceased, although not reported in these outlets, remains challenging the police version.