The Awami League in its election manifesto pledged that ‘extrajudicial killings will be stopped.’ Forty-seven people have been killed in custody since the High Court on December 14, 2009 asked the authorities not to kill any more people in ‘crossfire’ or ‘encounter’ until it hears a rule it issued suo moto on the government in connection with extrajudicial killings.
The Noakhali police superintendent, Harun-ur-Rashid Hazari, said a joint team of the battalion, Coast Guard and local police, raided Janata Bazar about 4:30am on information that a group was meeting there. As the lawmen approached, the gang fired into the lawmen, who fired back, triggering a ‘gunfight.’ Bashar was caught in the firing and died on the spot, Harun-ur-Rashid said.
Noakhali correspondent of the daily New Age wrote that Local sources, however, said the army and battalion personnel had arrested Bashar at the costal area about 3:00am and beat him up. The body was sent to the Noakhali General Hospital morgue for a post-mortem examination.
He was accused in 31 cases, including six for murder, the battalion said.