Van driver killed in firing by joint force in Satkhira


An activist of Jamaat-e-Islami was shot dead and a pedestrian injured with bullets as joint-force members opened fire on Jamaat-Shibir activists at Gobindakathi in Sadar upazila of Satkhira district on Tuesday morning.

The deceased was identified as Hafizul Islam, 28, son of Lokman Ali of Gobindakathi village, who was a van driver by profession.

Police claimed he was a Jamaat activist.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (Sadar circle) Kazi Moniruzzaman said police opened fire during the clash which ensued when a team of joint force of police, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members tried to remove a barricade put up on the road by Jamaat-Shibir men in support of the 18-party alliance’s ongoing blockade at Jhaudanga-Gobindakathi around 8:30am.

He said the blockade supporters hurled brick chips at the joint force’s team, prompting the law enforcers to retaliate by opening 25 rounds of bullet that left Hafizul dead on the spot and the pedestrian bullet-hit.

The pedestrian– Haran Chandra Pal, son of Bhadra Mohon Pal of Muralikathi village of the same upazila –was admitted to Sadar hospital.


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