2 Shibir leaders detained weeks ago killed in ‘gunfight’

Our Correspondent . Jhenaidah

Two Islami Chhatra Shibir leaders, who were reportedly detained weeks ago, were killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police at a village in Jhenaidah headquarters on the early hours of Friday.
The killings of Shahid Al Mahmud, 25, of Jhenaidah, and Anisur Rahman, 26, of Kushtia triggered protests and that rallies were brought out by party fellows in different districts, including the capital, Dhaka, denouncing the ‘killings’.
Police claimed that the ‘gunfight’ took place at Tetulbaria village in the district headquarters around 2:30am. In the ‘gunfight’, the police claimed that three of their colleagues were also injured.
However, New Age could not verify the events of gunfight, independently.
The district additional police superintendent, Azbahar Ali Sheikh, said that the police were tipped that a gang of miscreants were readying them to carry out seditious acts at Tetulbaria village.
As police were heading toward the spot, the miscreants opened fire targeting the police van, prompting law enforcers to engage.
Bullets were exchanged for about 20 minutes when some of the miscreants fled, police said.
Later, police recovered the bullet riddle bodies of two men and seized a shooter gun, two rounds of ammunitions and five bombs from the village.
Sub-inspector Prabir Kumar, and two constables Rabbi and Tarikul were rushed to Jhenaidah district hospital, police claimed as the trio got wounded, too.
The photos supplied by Jamaat-e-Islami’s student wing showed the bullets penetrated the upper parts of their bodies, especially the heads.
Of the two, Mahmud had passed Fazil (equivalent to Master’s) examination from a Jhenaidah Madrasa while Anisur was an ex-student of Jhenaidah polytechnic college.
Mahmud’s family claimed that some men identifying themselves as police officers had whisked him away from their home on the night of June 13.
The ICS in a statement protested against police for their denial of detaining the two leaders 17 days ago. The ICS alleged that both the leaders had been secretly detained unlawfully and then were killed.
The ICS said police sub-inspectors Aminur and Uzzal led the drive and picked Mahmud from Badangram on June 13 while another team had picked Shibir’s Jhenaidah town unit former president Ibnul Islam Parvej, students’ affairs secretary Enamul Haque and another leader Anisur from a house located at Mohammadia Housing Society in the capital on June 16. After the incident, the police denied arresting the trio.
The bodies were sent to Jhenaidah Sadar hospital morgue for post-mortem examination, the police said.

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