A leader of Islami Chhatra Shibir was killed after being hit by a speeding truck while fleeing Rab custody in Chapainawabganj early yesterday, claimed Rapid Action Battalion.
The victim, 20-year-old Asadullah Tuhin, was an HSC student at City College and president of the college unit Shibir.
Refuting Rab’s claim, his family members said law enforcers picked up the youth at his home and tortured him to death.
Meanwhile, the district unit Shibir, the pro-Jamaat students’ platform, has called a 48-hour hartal from 6:00am today in the district protesting the death of Tuhin as they termed it “a planned killing” by Rab.
Talking to newsmen at his office, Major Kamruzzaman, camp commander of Rab-5 in Chapainawabganj, said Rab members rounded up five Shibir activists, including Tuhin, in the town’s C&B Ghat Road area around 4:00pm on Monday and seized 23 Jihadi books from their possession.
After primary interrogation, Tuhin admitted his involvement in some recent subversive activities in the town, claimed the Rab official, adding that Tuhin used to bring crude bombs from Ramchandrapur in Chapainawabganj Sadar upazila for supplying those to Shibir activists to create anarchy.
Rab members then decided to conduct a drive in Ramchandrapur to recover crude bombs.
As the Rab team along with Tuhin reached Lalapara around 3:00am yesterday, the detainee jumped from the Rab’s vehicle to escape. In the process, he was hit by a truck coming from the opposite direction and injured seriously.
Law enforcers sent Tuhin to Chapainawabganj Adhunik Sadar Hospital where he died of his wounds around 4:20am, said Kamruzzaman.
The body was sent to the hospital morgue last evening for an autopsy.
Dr Shafiqul Islam, residential medical officer at the hospital, said Tuhin was brought dead to the hospital. There were several injury marks on his body, added the physician.
Jasimuddin, officer-in-charge of Chapainawabganj Sadar Police Station, said none of the five arrestees has any criminal records.
‘IT’S A MURDER’
Tuhin’s father Emadul Haque said Rab men picked up his son around 2:30pm on Monday when he was asleep at home at Char Mohonpur under Chapainawabganj municipality.
“We had no idea about the reason behind Tuhin’s detention. We came to know about his death from our neighbours this [Tuesday] morning,” Emdadul told The Daily Star.
Al Amin, elder brother of the victim, said a team of around 25 Rab men reached their home on Monday afternoon by three pick-up vans.
The law enforcers blindfolded Tuhin with his shirt and took him away in presence of his parents, sister-in-law, nephews and nieces.
Kamela Begum, mother of the victim, said: “I saw the Rab men beating up my son with cricket stumps while they were taking him away.” She accused the Rab men of killing his son after torturing him brutally.
The four other arrestees — Al Amin, 18, Shahriar Zaman Rafi, 14, Sajid Hasan, 19, and Mehedi Hasan, 20, — were handed over to Chapainawabganj Sadar Police Station, said Rab.
Golam Mostofa, president of the town unit Chhatra Shibir, alleged that Rab personnel killed Tuhin as the government is afraid of the ongoing anti-government movement by Jamaat-Shibir.
Earlier around 9:20am on Monday, suspected Shibir activists attacked an escorted convoy of 60 trucks at Shantir More in the town and smashed windshields of at least eight vehicles during the countrywide hartal enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.
Violence in Chapainawabganj has left two people killed and about 10 others injured so far since the combine enforced a nationwide indefinite blockade from January 6.