Judicial inquiry into BCL leader 'gunfight' death ordered

Judicial inquiry into BCL leader ‘gunfight’ death ordered


A Dhaka court on Tuesday ordered judicial inquiry against three members, including the Commanding Officer of Rapid Action Battalion-2, in connection with the murder of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Hazabagh unit President Arzu Mia in a ‘gunfight’ on August 18.
Magistrate Shahriar Mahmud Adnan of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court of Dhaka passed the order on Tuesday morning.
Meanwhile, the Commanding Officer of RAB-2 Colonel Masud Rana was withdrawn on Monday in connection with the murder of the BCL leader. Earlier, on August 23, a case was lodged against three members, including the Commanding Officer of RAB-2, and an informant of the elite force with the CMM Court here in this connection.The four accused are Commanding Officer Colonel Masud Rana, Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) Shahinur Rahman, Inspector Wahid and informant Ratan. The slain student leader’s brother, Masud Rana, filed the case with the CMM Court of Dhaka.
On August 18, Arzu, a former president of Hazaribagh Thana unit of BCL, was killed in a ‘gunfight’ between his associates and members of RAB-2 in the city’s Hazaribagh area.
Arzu was the prime accused in the murder case of teenager Raja, who was tortured to death allegedly by him and his associates in Ganaktuli of Hazaribagh on August 17 over the theft of a cell phone set. Sources at the RAB Headquarters said, a team of RAB-2 arrested Arzu from Hazaribagh area on August 17 midnight.
When the RAB team was going to conduct an operation along with Arzu to arrest his associates, miscreants tried to snatch the BCL leader from the crime busting force’s custody near Mannan Principal’s house at Boraikhal in Hazaribagh area around 3:30 am on August 18, said Director (Legal and media wing) of RAB Headquarters, Mufti Mahmood Khan. He further said, as the miscreants fired gunshots, the elite force also
retaliated by shooting fire and Arzu sustained bullet injuries on the occasion.
At one stage, Arzu’s associates fled the scene and the RAB team recovered two foreign-made pistols and three rounds of bullet from the spot, the media wing director of the RAB Headquarters, added. Arzu was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries at about 5:30 am.
Raja, 16, son of Babul Hossain of 46 Ganaktuli in Hazaribagh, was reportedly picked up by Arzu and his associates from his (Raja’s) house and they took him to Arzu’s residence in the morning of August 17 alleging that the teenager had stolen his (Arzu’s) mobile telephone set. Later, the boy was reportedly tortured to death. – Special Correspondent


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