‘Gunfight’ victim’s family wants justice

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, May 16,2018 | Updated: 00:39, May 16,2018

 
 

The parents of a victim in Narayanganj on Tuesday urged the government to ensure justice for the killing of their son in the name of ‘gunfight’.
Md Shamim Prodhan and Yasmin Begum of Tarabo Uttarpara under Rupganj in Narayanganj, parents of 18-year-old victim Md Raju Prodhan, placed the demand at a press conference at Crime Reporters’ Association of Bangladesh in the capital.
The family arranged the press conference protesting at the killing of their son in the name of the gunfight.
The victim’s father Shamim, a small trader, in his written speech, said that he, on information from police, identified his son’s body on May 9, hours after he was killed.
He said that the police had informed him that Raju was killed in ‘gunfight’ with Rapid Action Battalion.
‘The photos of the body clearly showed that he was beaten to death. He was shot as well,’ he said.
‘His left hand was broken, a severe injury was found above left knee and heel. One bullet pierced him through the chest and went out from the back,’ he said.
He said that his son was branded as ‘a toll collector and mugger’ by the law-enforcers, which was not true.
No report of his being a toll collector or mugger was published in any newspaper before his death, he said, adding that ‘it was not possible as he was never like this. He tried heart and soul to maintain my business.’
‘Why he will be a toll collector? He was not in want of bread,’ he said.
On May 8 evening, victim’s father said, Raju was called by one of his friends and as he did not come back in an hour, they began to look for him but failed.
He said that the friend, who had called Raju now found a place in a rehabilitation centre. ‘Why he would be in a rehabilitation centre?’ he questioned.
Shamim said that his son was abducted for ransom and kept confined at an unknown place on September 23, 2014, and police rescued him after keeping a ward councillor of Tarabo municipality at the local police station for about six hours.
He, without naming the ward councillor, said that while coming out of the police station the councillor had threatened him with dire consequences.
The victim’s sister Samu Prodhan said that victim Raju had a romantic affair with a girl, a relative of the ward councillor, and a case was lodged against him by the girl’s family.
Raju’s father said that his son was killed and urged the government to find out the reason behind his killing and punish those involved in the killing. 

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