Friday, 2 May 2014

7 bodies found afloat in N’ganj river, ditch

Supporters of abducted councillor, others on rampage all day long
Our Correspondent . Narayanganj
Agitated local people set a filling station on fire after six bodies, including that of Narayanganj city ward councillor Nazrul Islam, were recovered from the River Sitalakhya on Wednesday.  — New Age photo
Agitated local people set a filling station on fire after six bodies, including that of Narayanganj city ward councillor Nazrul Islam, were recovered from the River Sitalakhya on Wednesday.
— New Age photo
The police on Wednesday found bodies of seven people, including city councillor Nazrul Islam and lawyer Chandan Kumar Sarker, abducted three days ago, afloat in a river and a ditch in Narayanganj.
Six of them were found afloat in the River Sitalakhya in the Bandar police area and the other, yet to be identified, in a ditch at Fatullah.
The bodies each had the hands and the legs tied to two sacks, each containing 12 bricks, witnesses said. The bodies were almost decomposed. Four of them were associates of the city councillor.
The Fatullah police officer-in-charge, Md Akhter Hossain, said, ‘The
case of abduction will now turn into a murder case.’

Supporters of the councillor, joined in by a large number of people, on demonstrations for the third consecutive day, rampaged through the Dhaka–Chittagong Highway at the news of the recovery of the bodies.
They set a filling station on fire at Mouchak in the Siddhirganj police area and damaged about 70 vehicles during the violent protests that were continuing till 8:00pm.
The Bandar police found six of the bodies afloat in the River Sitalakhya at Kalagachhia in the afternoon.
Selina Islam, wife of panel mayor Nazrul Islam, also a ward 2 councillor councillor and former Chhatra League leader, identified the body of her husband.
Family members break down at Victoria Hospital in Narayanganj after the body of Narayanganj city councillor Nazrul Islam was recovered from the River Sitalakhya on Wednesday. — New Age photo
Family members break down at Victoria Hospital in Narayanganj after the body of Narayanganj city councillor Nazrul Islam was recovered from the River Sitalakhya on Wednesday. — New Age photo
Selina alleged that ruling Awami League lawmaker Shamim Osman was behind the abduction of her husband.
Bodies of Nazrul’s associates Swapan and Tajul Islam and of Ibrahim, driver of lawyer Chandan Kumar, missing since Sunday, were recovered from the river and were identified, the police said.
Nazrul along with four of his associates was abducted at gun point by people who passed themselves off as law enforcers at Shibu Market on the Dhaka–Narayanganj Link Road at Fatullah on  April 27 when the councillor was on his way home from court.
Hours after the incident, Chandan Kumar Sarker and his driver were also abducted when they were going to Dhaka.
The mayor of Narayanganj, Selina Hayat Ivy, also alleged that crime bosses in the district were behind the abduction.
Nazrul’s wife on April 28 filed an abduction case with the Fatullah police against Ward 4 councillor Noor Hossain, the Siddhirganj unit Awami League’s general secretary Yasin Mia, Hasu, Raju Iqbal and Anwar.
Lawyers stage a demonstration blockading the Link Road on Dhaka-Narayanganj Highway on Wednesday, protesting at the abduction of Advocate Chandan Sarkar and demanding his rescue. — New Age photo
Lawyers stage a demonstration blockading the Link Road on Dhaka-Narayanganj Highway on Wednesday, protesting at the abduction of Advocate Chandan Sarkar and demanding his rescue. — New Age phot4
Md Anisur Rahman, the deputy commissioner of Tangail, meanwhile, was transferred to Narayanganj to replace Manoj Kanti Boral, who was sent to the fisheries ministry as joint secretary on the day.
The home ministry on Tuesday ordered withdrawal of the Rapid Action Battalion 11 commanding officer, Tareque Sayeed Mohammad, and the superintendent of police, Syed Nurul Islam, amid protests in the district.
The Fatullah police officer-in-charge, Akhter Hossain, and the Siddhirganj police officer-in-charge, Abdul Matin, were closed to the police headquarters.
Witnesses said that several thousand supporters of Nazrul brought out a procession about 9:00am against the abduction.
They later took to the streets, blocked a stretch of the Dhaka–Chittagong Highway, from Sanarpar to Signboard, by starting fire with tyres. The blockade caused a long tailback and sufferings to people using the road.
They also demanded an immediate arrest of Noor Hossain and Siddhirganj unit Awami League’s general secretary Yasin Miah for their suspected involvement in the abduction.
Lawyers also rallied and boycotted court in the district town for the third consecutive day to rally for the rescue of of Chandan Kumar.
The police set up a three-member committee, with a deputy inspector general of police as its head, to investigate the abduction of the seven people in the district where incidents of abduction and killing have been rampant in recent times.
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