Wednesday, July 7, 2010

2 more killed in RAB ‘crossfire'


By Bangladesh Media, The Daily New Age reports that two more people were killed by Rapid Action Battalion in ‘crossfire’ in Muladi upazila of the district early Monday taking the number of extrajudicial killings to 201 since January 2009.
New Age report says that the deceased were identified as Maznu Khan, 45, and Kalam Sardar alias Kana Kalam, 40, of Sholaghar area under Muladi upazila of Barisal district. Captain Rakib Ahmed of RAB-8 claimed that Maznu Khan was the leader of an inter-district gang of robbers and had links to outlawed ultra-left groups and that Kana Kalam was his main associate.

The battalion said its personnel had raided Moulavi Kandi area of Charkelekha union of Muladi at about 2:30am on information that a gang of miscreants were holding a meeting there. As the lawmen approached them, the crime suspects opened fire on them prompting the lawmen who return fire leading to a ‘gunfight,’ the RAB official said.

Maznu and Kalam died in the exchange of fire but the rest of the gang managed to get away, the official said. Police seized one pipe gun, six rounds of bullet and machetes from the spot. Amiruzzaman, officer-in-charge of Muladi police station, said Maznu was an accused in more than 20 cases, including 4 murders, and Kalam in 12 cases, including looting of arms from Ansars on duty in a passenger launch in 1997.

According to the report, the bodies were sent to Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital morgue for postmortem examination. Monday’s incident pushed to 201 the number of people killed in incidents such as ‘crossfire’, ‘encounter’ or ‘gunfight’ across the country after January 6, 2009 when the Awami League-led government assumed office. Forty-six 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.

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