Six killed with extensive gunshot wounds in Dhaka and Jhenaidah

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Six more people including three Bangladesh Nationalist Party activists, mostly allegedly picked up by law enforcers earlier, were killed in gunshots in Dhaka and Jhenaidah on Monday and Sunday night though the police claimed that three of them were lynched. Of the six, four were shot dead in Dhaka and two in Jhenaidah.

Mirpur police station officials claimed that BNP supporter, Abdul Wadud Bapary, 30, was killed as he was trying to escape from police van during a drive led by sub-inspector Abdul Aziz on Mirpur Road at Darussalam at about 1:45am. The police in his inquest report claimed that Wadud’s associates exchanged fire with police during a drive to arrest them The police also claimed that they seized petrol bombs and cocktails Wadud, who ran garment waste trade along with his father Abdul Ali Bapari at Mirpur-10.

The victim’s family, however, denied the police’s claims and said that he was killed only because of his political belief. Wadud’s father Abdul Ali alleged that Wadud was picked up by the police at about 10:00am on Sunday at a checkpoint set up in front of Mirpur police station while he was riding his motorcycle. ‘On information, I along with few others approached the Mirpur police at about 3:00pm but the duty officer denied the arrest,’ said Abdul Ali, adding, ‘When we were coming out, I found the motorcycle on the lawn inside the police station.’ Being told by someone, Abdul Ali approached Mirpur police operation officer Tanvir Ahmed who also denied that they picked up Wadud and misbehaved with him, he said. ‘We had been looking for Wadud since then and finally saw scroll on the television at about 4:30am that he was killed in gunfight,’ Abdul Ali said.

The body kept in the Dhaka Medical College morgue, however, bore marks of injuries and of gunshots. Tanvir denied the allegation of picking Wadud before his death. Mirpur police sent three bodies, aged between 16 and 22 years, to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue and claimed that they were lynched on Begum Rokeya Sarani near Krishibid Bazar at Kazipara after 9:45pm on Sunday. Mirpur police station duty officer Nizamul Haque on Monday claimed that a mob chased the three when they tried to set fire to a bus with petrol bombs. They were beaten on alleyway nearby. The bodies, however, only bore bloodstains and marks of bullets shots.

Mirpur police sub-inspector Masud Parvez, who claimed that he took the three to the hospital, said they found the youths unconscious in Baishbari area at about 12:30am on Monday. ‘The mob also used firearms,’ Masud claimed. They seized petrol bombs from the youths, the police claimed, adding that a murder case was against unnamed people. The inquest reports prepared by the police claimed that the ‘unidentified’ were allegedly involved in recent arson attack in Gazipur. The Dhaka Metropolitan Police did not officially issue statement over the four killings.

New Age correspondent in Jhenidah reported that the police recovered bullet-riddle bodies BNP activist Dulal Biswas, 25, of Char-Khajura village, and BNP leader ward councillor Golam Mostafa’s son Golam Azam Palas, 26, at a field at Defalbari village in the district headquarters on Monday morning. Jhenidah superintendent of police Altaf Hossain claimed, ‘It was suspected that the youths were killed by miscreants.’ He also claimed that Dulal was a member of a banned militant outfit and was accused in three cases.

The families alleged that both were picked up by Detective Branch of police. Dulal’s brother Alal Biswas said that the plainclothes detectives picked up Dulal at night on February 18 from Chuadanga bus stop. Palas’s family claimed that on February 18 law enforcers also picked up Palas from Das Mile area in the district headquarters. Palas’s family filed a General Diary with Jhenaidah police station on February 19. The families also alleged that Dulal and Palas talked with their families at around midnight on February 18 over mobile phone and sent text message stating they were staying at the district police office. Their mobile phones were, however, later found switched off. Both the bodies bore marks of bullet injuries in the ears and also marks of beating in the hands, the families said. Jhenaidah district BNP secretary Abdul Malek said that both of them were their activists and condemned the ‘extrajudicial killings.’

Detective Branch police in-charge Rafikul Islam denied the allegation. At least 38 people mostly members of BNP and its allies were shot dead at places across the country since January 5, when BNP-led alliance enforced blockade pressing for fresh parliamentary election.

Source: New Age