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2 accused in cases of violence killed

Staff Correspondent

A man accused in a case of political violence in Nilphamari was found dead and another, also accused in such a case, was killed in ‘crossfire’ of the joint forces in Satkhira on Sunday.
Golam Rabbani, an organising secretary of the Lakshmichap union BNP, was found dead in a roadside bush on the Nilphamari–Domar Road, the New Age correspondent reported.
The acting BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhurl Islam Alamgir in a release on Saturday evening alleged that Golam had been arrested by the joint forces a few days ago at Panchagarh.
‘The law enforcers cannot shrug off their responsibility for the murder,’ he said. ‘The joint forces also arrested two other Chhatra Dal leaders — Atiqul Islam and Sohel — at Palashbari whose whereabouts are still unknown.’
The Nilphamari police officer-in-charge, Shahjahan Pasha, said that Golam was the prime accused in the case filed for the attack on the motorcade of Awami League leader Asaduzzaman Noor, now the cultural affairs minister.
The case was filed on December 14, 2013 after Jamaat and Shibir activists had allegedly attacked the motorcade at Ramganj when Asaduzzaman was returning to the town after a visit to the victims of attack on religious minorities, the police said.
At least five people were killed in clashes that broke out with Awami League activists soon after the attack.
The case was filed against about 1,500 people, including 14 who were named, the police said.
The body of Golam was sent for a post-mortem examination. The police said that Golam had gone into hiding soon after the case had been filed.
In Satkhira, an Islami Chhatra Shibir activist was killed in a ‘shoot-out’ with the joint forces during a clash at Padmashakra in the district headquarters.
The deceased was Abu Hanif Chhotan, 14, a Class IX student of a local madrassah. He was also accused in a case of an arson attack on a truck on January 9, the police said.
The Satkhira police officer-in-charge, Enamul Haque, said that a joint forces team had raided the village about 7:30am to arrest some people accused in cases of political violence.
Shibir activists blocked a road stretch with logs and pelted the joint forces team with stones and exploded crude bombs.
The joint force fired into Shibir activists to contain the situation in which Hanif was killed.
Hanif’s brother Abul Hossain said that his brother had gone out of the house for maghrib prayers on Friday and plainclothesmen had picked him up. He had not been heard of since then.
Four policemen, including subinspector Abul Kashem, were also injured in the clash.
Islami Chhatra Shibir’s general secretary Abdul Jabbar in a statement said that Hanif’s case was an extrajudicial killing by the joint forces.

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