Comitted to PEOPLE'S RIGHT TO KNOW
Vol. 4 Num 36 Wed. July 02, 2003  
   
Political


BNP leader gunned down, mother, trader hurt in Sutrapur


Unidentified assailants gunned down a ward level Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader and injured his mother and a trader at Goalghat in Sutrapur yesterday.

Muktar Hossain, 33, the youth affairs secretary of ward 74, was shot by a 10-member gang when he was returning home from Baitul Noor Mosque after Asr prayers at 5:15pm.

The gang, wearing caps, chased and fired at him on the street. One of the bullets hit Amin Hossain, a trader who was also returning after his prayers, in his right hip.

However, Muktar managed to reach home. His mother Anwara tried to close the door but gunshots continued, one hitting her in right thigh.

Seven bullets hit Muktar's chest, shoulder and hand. Fatally injured Muktar was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) where doctors declared him dead.

His body was sent to the DMCH morgue for autopsy.

Amin was also rushed to the DMCH and is now undergoing treatment.

"I saw a gang all wearing cap chasing Muktar. They shot and 'killed' him in front of me," Anwara said.

Police said Muktar alias Bomba Muktar was a listed criminal and accused in many cases. He was recently arrested following a clash in the area.

Family members said Muktar returned home from Malaysia five and a half years ago. He was arrested two years ago and was released seven months back from the Dhaka Central Jail.

The victim's nephew, Monty said he accompanied his uncle to the mosque. While he and his uncle were returning a gang chased them down to their home.

Local people said the victim helped police arrest some local miscreants that might have led to his killing.

The duty officer of the Sutrapur Police Station said no case was filed till 9:00 last night.