Key war crimes witness Shumon Zahid found dead on railway tracks

Victim of murder, says family

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:11, Jun 14,2018 | Updated: 00:33, Jun 15,2018


Shumon Zahid. -- Facebook photo

War crimes witness Shumon Zahid,52, was found dead on the railway tracks at Khilgaon Bagicha in the capital Thursday morning.

Only son of martyred intellectual Selina Parvin, Shumon was the key prosecution witness in the war crimes case against absconding convicted war criminals and Al-Badr bosses Chowdhury Mueen Uddin and Ashrafuzzman Khan.

Family members said he had been murdered.

Government Railway Police’s officer-in-charge for Dhaka Yeasin Faroque Mozumder told New Age, An unidentified man died under the wheels of a running train at Khilgaon Bagicha in the morning.’

He could not tell the name of the train.

He said that he got the information from the Shahjahanpur police station.

The GRP OC said that the GRP sent the body to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for autopsy.

 ‘Only later we came to know that it was the body of  Shumon Zahid, son of martyred journalist Selina Parvin,’ said Yeasin Faroque Mozumder.

He said, ‘We also came to know that Shumon Zahid lived at Uttar Shahajahanpur in the capital.’

Head of the forensic department at Dhaka Medical College Sohel Mahmud said, ‘Our primary suspicion is that he died under the wheels of train.’

Sohel said, ‘his head was severed from his body and injury marks were there on his head, chest and the back.’

‘Such injuries could also be caused when one falls down,’ said Sohel.

‘We have preserved his blood and viscera samples for further investigation,’ he said. 

Kazi Sarwar, brother of Shumon’s wife told reporters at the DMCH morgue, that Shumon had left home at around 9AM.

Sarwar said that since Shumon was a war crimes witness he regularly received threats on his life.

Kazi Md Bakhtiar, elder brother of Shumon’s wife, told New Age that it was the belief of the family that Shumon was murdered by those who used to hold out threats on his life because he was a key war crimes witness.

Last year, in a general diary filed with the Shahajanpur police station Shumon informed the police about the threats he was receiving, said Bakhtiar.

Tawheed Reza Noor, son of martyred journalist Serajuddin Hossain and prosecution witness in the same war crimes case, told reporters at the DMCH morgue that his own suspicion was that Shumon was murdered by the group that used to hold out threats to him.

Shumon Zahid was senior executive at the Kakrail branch of Farmers Bank Limited.

Forum for Secular Bangladesh and Trial of War Criminals of 1971, better known as Ekattarer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee, in a statement, a thorough investigation by the government to find out whether ‘it’s a planned murder or an accident’. 

On July 21, 2013, Shumon testified in the  International Crimes Tribunal-2 that Al-Badr ring leader Chowdhury Mueen Uddin was in the group that had picked up his mother blindfolded in his presence from their New Circular Road residence in Dhaka on December 13, 1971 and her body was found at Rayerbazar Killing Fields  after the Liberation War.

Shumon told the court that he was then eight-year old.

On November 3, 2013 Al-Badr ring leaders Mueen and Ashraf were sentenced to death in absentia.

The court found them guilty of 11 counts of war crimes and murdering in cold blood 18 intellectuals in the fag- end of the Liberation War.

Mueen lives in the United Kingdom and Ashraf in the US.

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