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Jamaat leader killed in Meherpur

Over 100 arrested in joint force drives

Staff Correspondent

A local leader of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami was shot dead and more than 100 opposition activists were detained in different districts as the joint force continued drives from Monday midnight to Tuesday.
In Meherpur, local Jamaat leader was killed in a ‘gunfight’, claimed police.
He was identified as Abdul Jabbar, 55, president of Jamaat ward 9 unit under Amjhupi union.
Abdul Jabbar was also a member of ward 9 of the union.
Officer-in-charge of Meherpur sadar police station Reazul Islam said a team of joint forces comprised of police, Rapid Action Battalion and Border Guard Bangladesh in a drive arrested Abdul Jabbar from Hijli Monday morning.
They then took Abdul Jabbar with them and conducted a drive to arrest more Jamaat-Shibir activists in the village Monday midnight.
Sensing the presence of the joint force, associates of Jabbar fired gunshots at the law enforcers, triggering a gunfight between lawmen and Jamaat-Shibir activists at village Rajnagar that left Jubbar and three joint force members injured with bullets, said the OC.
Critically injured Jubbar was rushed to Meherpur General Hospital where doctors declared him dead at 2:00am.
The joint force recovered a gun and three bombs from the scene.
However, the victim’s family members and Jamaat alleged that the joint force abducted him on Monday morning and shot him dead after a ‘shootout’ drama at night.
In a press statement, Jamaat alleged the government was conducting targeted and planned killing of Jamaat leaders to create a vacuum of leadership in the party.
‘The government has killed at least 20 elected UP chairmen and more 35 UP members were also shot dead by Awami League activists and lawmen,’ said the statement.
Meanwhile, the joint forces’ drives continued in several districts as they detained over a hundred opposition activists.
Joint forces arrested at least 57 people in Chittagong.
Of them, at least 32 were arrested from Lohagara upazila with one light gun and homemade gun, police claimed.
The rest were from various upazilas in Chittagong including 4 from Satkania, 7 from Sitakudan, 4 each from Vujpur and Patiya and one each from Rangunia, Mirossorai, Fatikchari, Anwara, Jurargong.
In Jessore, an elderly man, Amzer Ali, 65, died of massive heart attack after his son was arrested by the joint forces at Narendrapur under Jessore sadar upazila at around 7:00am on Tuesday.
He died in his residence soon after the arrest of his son Sumon Hossain who was arrested as an Islami Chhatra Shibir activist.
Sumon Hossain, 28, was released after the death of his father since he not involved in subversive activities, said Emdadul Haque Sheikh, officer in-charge, Kotwali police station.
The joint forces detained seven more Jamaat-Shibir men from the village in a drive in the morning, the OC added.
Besides, joint forces also detained 19 in Comilla, 15 in Bogra, 16 in Borguna, nine in Thakurgaon, six in Jaipurhat, and several more in other districts.
Earlier, a local leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Anwarul Islam, 42, also chairman of Agardari union parishad in Stakhira, was shot dead at sadar upazila Monday afternoon.

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