Sirajganj journo death in AL clash creates strong reaction

Sirajganj journo death in AL clash creates strong reaction

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Dhaka – Even after forty eight hours of the gruesome killing of journalist Abdul Hakim Shimul, the Shahjadpur correspondent of the Daily Samakal, police yet to arrest the accused prime killer Shahjadpur Mayor Halimul Haque Miru and who was also named in the case filed with the murder.AKM Shahidur Rahman, DIG (media and planning) of Bangladesh Police told reporters that they have already instructed all units of police to conduct massive drives to immediately arrest all the culprits who were involved in the journalist murder.
A senior official of Rapid Action Battalion( RAB) on condition of anonymity said,‘‘ Several specialized teams are working restlessly to arrest the mayor as it is very embarrassing for the government.’’
He also disclosed that government high ups have already instructed law enforcers to arrest him as soon as possible.
Police have arrested another four people for their suspected involvement in the killing of the local journalist in Sirajganj.
They were detained during drives in Chhoiani village on Friday midnight.
Of the arrested persons, Awami League’s upazila unit member KM Nasir Uddin is an accused in the case filed over the killing of journalist Shimul.
Abul Hasnat, additional superintendent of police in Shahjadpur, said Nasir is an accused in the case while three others were detained for their suspected involvement.
Abul Hasnat, on Saturday also publicly admitted that during the incident, he himself was present along with his force.
‘Although we asked the mayor not to open fire, he shot several rounds. No other group did open fire during the clash.’
Awami League MP from Sirajganj 6 constituency Hasibur Rahman Swapan also alleged that journalist Abdul Hakim Shimul received bullet injuries when Shahjadpur Mayor Halimul Haque Miru opened fire from his shotgun during Thursday’s clash.
“Miru fired five bullets from his gun, one of which pierced through Shimul’s head. Shimul fell on the ground. He was discharging his professional duties,” he said demanding his arrest.
Hasibur made the statement before the namaj-e-janaza of the slain journalist on Shahjadpur Pilot School playground.
Government high-ups, journalists and locals were present at the janaza.
There had been no conflict within the Awami League in Shahjadpur. But the mayor and his two brothers have established a reign of terror in the area,” Hasibur further alleged.
Former lawmaker of the constituency Choyon Islam said that politics had always been peaceful in the area. “But the activities of the mayor are making the party controversial.”
Choyon also demanded that the mayor be arrested immediately.
The journalist, well-known in the area for his bravery and sincerity, succumbed to his injuries while being shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital Friday afternoon.
His grandmother Rokeya Bewa, 90, died on Saturday grieving the death of her grandson.
Health Minister Mohammad Nasim said people involved in the killing of journalist Shimul will be brought to book.
He was talking to journalists after inaugurating an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Pabna General Hospital.
The half-day hartal enforced by local journalists and Chhatra League activists in Shahzadpur upazila of Sirajganj protesting the killing ended peacefully in the afternoon.
Most of the business establishments and shops were shuttered down during the hartal.
Shimul, who got shot during a clash between two groups of Awami League supporters in Sirajganj on Thursday, died onFriday. On Thursday, Shimul was hit in his head by a bullet while covering a clash between the supporters of ousted Shahjadpur Municipality Awami League President Abdur Rahim alias VP Rahim and those of the party unit’s Organisaing Secretary and Poura Mayor – – Staff Reporter

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