Saturday, December 4, 2010

Three people killed in one hour!

5 people killed in 7 days

By Bangladesh Media, Sources report that three people have been killed in one hour. Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) demanded three Crossfire incidents! Places are Dhaka, Meherpur and Barisal in Bangladesh. Time of these incidents are between 4.00 to 5.00 early morning on Friday! By these incidents, 5 people killed in last 7 days.
Photo: Amar Desh

The deceased are raw material and chemical trader Nazimuddin, Babu, 30, of Chittagong, was killed at Malibagh in Dhaka, the ultra-left PBCP leader Durjoy Babu, 36, of Jorpukuria, was killed in Meherpur and Al Ameen Sannyamat, 31, said to be involved in robbery was killed at Bakerganj in Barisal.
The incidents took to 243 the number of people killed in ‘crossfire,’ ‘encounter’ or ‘gunfight’ after January 6, 2009, according to a New Age tally, when the Awami League-led government assumed office. According to the daily Amar Desh total number is 275 including "Force Disappearance". At least 87 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 killing.

A press release issued by the Rapid Action Battalion said "two people, riding a motorcycle, fired at a patrol team at a check point in front of the Swarupkathi Medical Hall on the Outer Circular Road at Malibagh about 4:00am. It said the battalion team then fired at the motorcycle, leading to a ‘gunfight.’ The co-rider was killed on the spot. The rider, however, managed to get away."
 
The daily New Age reports that Motijheel police subinspector Sheikh Muhammad Nasiruddin said the body was handed over to the family after a post-mortem examination at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue. The battalion identified the deceased as Abdullah Md Nazimuddin alias Honda Babu and T&T Babu while the police said he could not be identified. But the sub inspector, who handled the body, identified the deceased as Sheikh Muhammad Nazimuddin.

The victims’ family said the deceased was Sheikh Nazimuddin, a resident of Banashree at Rampura. The victim’s brother, Nayan, at the hospital morgue, alleged plainclothesmen had picked up his brother on Thursday evening from home. ‘The police on Friday morning called us to say that they had found my brother dead.’ Nayan said his brother was released from jail in mid-November. He had been jailed in a murder case filed with the Motijheel police. Nayan said his brother went to Chittagong in the past week to meet others of the family. Referring to the victims father Sheikh Farid,
the daily Amar Desh also reports that his son was picked up by the Plainclothsman from home on Thursday night!"

Report published in  The New Age refers to its correspondent in Barisal reported that Al Ameen Sannyamat, was killed at Bakerganj in a ‘gunfight’ with a Rapid Action Battalion team. According to the battalion, "a group of six to seven people were roaming about suspiciously near the Piyarpur Bridge early in the day.  A battalion official said as the lawmen asked the people to stop, they ran away firing on the lawmen. The lawmen fired back and Al Ameen died on the spot after being wounded in the ‘gunfight.’  Local people identified the deceased as Al Ameen, the battalion official said.
 
He was accused in 17 cases, including four for robbery, filed with the Bakerganj and Bauphal police, the Bakerganj police officer-in-charge, Syed Rabiul Islam, said. The police said Al Ameen was a member of a crimes gang called Rafik Bahini. Rafik was killed in ‘crossfire’ in November 2007 at Bakerganj. The body was sent to the Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital morgue for a post-mortem examination, the police said.

The victim’s widow, Rupa Begum, said Al Ameen had received a phone call and went out of the house, at Manasa Bari in the city, about 8:00am on Thursday and he had been missing since then.
 
In Meherpur, the Gagni police officer-in-charge, Motiur Rahman, said the battalion team had raided a sugarcane field at Purba Malsadh where two groups of the Purba Banglar Communist Party were trading fire early in the day. The battalion cordoned off the area and fired bullets, the police said. After the ‘gunfight,’ Durjoy was killed, the police said. His associates managed to get away.

The police said he was accused in eight cases related to murder, extortion and abduction. The police handed over the body to the family after a post-mortem examination at the Meherpur General Hospital morgue.

An alleged criminal was killed in a 'shootout' with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in the capital's Gulshan area on November 28.  The identity of the dead, aged about 30, could not be known immediately.

Captain SM Shafiqur Rahman said a patrol team of Rab signalled two youths on a motorbike to halt at a check post near Gulshan Shooting Club around 1:20am. Defying the signal, the youths opened fire on the Rab men, compelling them (Rab) to retaliate with bullets that left the co-rider bullet injured, he said. The other youth, however, fled the scene on his motorbike, he added.

The injured youth was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) where the duty doctor declared him dead around 2:30pm, said the captain. His body was later shifted to DMCH morgue for an autopsy. Morgue sources said the body bore two bullet injuries at its head.

Another alleged mugger was killed while another bullet injured in “shootouts” with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in the city's Bangshal and Keraniganj on November 29. The deceased identified as Shamsul Islam Tipu, 21, was a resident of Bagdasha Lane of Bangshal while injured Mohammad Sohel, 28, of Kotubpara of Keraniganj.

In Bangshal, a team of plainclothes Rab personnel in the guise of rickshaw passengers was patrolling around 4:30am when three youths waylaid a rickshaw carrying two of the Rab members near Armanitola, said Officer-in-Charge Jamiruddin Ahmed of Bangshal Police Station quoting an official of the Rab-10 team.
 The OC said that as the youths wielding firearms tried to snatch the belongings of the Rab men, they fired shots in which one of the muggers sustained bullet injuries. Hearing gunshots locals rushed to the spot and identified the injured as Tipu, a known criminal in the area. Tipu's accomplices, however, managed to flee the scene. One pistol and three bullets were recovered from the spot. 

Rab personnel took Tipu to Mitford Hospital where doctors declared him dead. Tipu's brother Bulbul claimed that some law enforcers in plain clothes arrested Tipu from Mirhajirbagh of Jatrabari on November 14. A general diary was filed with Jatrabari Police Station in this connection. 

He also said Tipu was an office bearer of Ward-68 BNP. Rab-10 in a press release claimed that Tipu was accused in six cases including those for murder with Kotwali and Bangshal police stations. Meanwhile, another Rab team in plain clothes was intercepted by a gang of muggers while they were patrolling Keraniganj area around 12:00midnight, Rab sources said. 

The muggers tried to rob the Rab personnel at knife-point, which prompted the law enforcers to shoot them. The firing left one of the muggers bullet hit in the leg while the other gang members escaped. The Rab team caught injured Sohel and handed him over to Keraniganj police, said Officer-in-Charge Mohammad Abul Basher of South Keraniganj Police Station. A case was filed in this connection.

One knife, two cellphones and Tk 530 were also recovered from the spot. The OC said Sohel was a fugitive criminal but could not mention the case in which he was accused.

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