Friday, October 1, 2010

Family says - "he was arrested in Dhaka Cantonment"!

An expelled local Awami League leader was killed in ‘crossfire’

Photo: Daily Amar Desh
By Bangladesh Media, An expelled local Awami League leader was killed in ‘crossfire’ with the Rapid Action Battalion in Khulna early Thursday. The incident took to 219 the total number of people killed in ‘crossfire’ or ‘encounter’ after January 6, 2009 when the Awami League-led government assumed office.

The police said the deceased was Kazi Fazlur Rahman Mahabbat, 33, a resident of Khalishpur in the city. At least 63 people have so far been killed in ‘crossfire’ since the High Court on December 14, 2009 directed the authorities not to kill any more people in ‘crossfire’ or ‘encounter’ until it disposes of a rule it issued suo moto on the government to explain extrajudicial killings.

The police said Fazlur Rahman had been wanted in at least six cases, including one related to the killing of freedom fighter Altaf Hossain, lodged with the Khalishpur police, the police said.

Fazlur, who was cultural secretary of the Khalishpur unit Awami League, was expelled from the party for his alleged involvement in crimes, sources in the Khulna Awami League said. The battalion said one of its patrol teams early Thursday challenged three people riding a motorcycle on Rayermahal Bypass at Dumuria in the district. While the daily newspaper Amar Desh reports his family says -he was arrested in Dhaka Cantonment!

According to RAB - the riders of the motorcycle did not stop and fired into the patrol team, which fired back, the battalion said. Fazlur became injured with bullet and fell down. Two others managed to get away and the battalion took the injured to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead, the battalion said.

The team also seized two pistols and six bullets from the spot. Two cases has been lodged in this connection.

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