Vol. 4 Num 205 Tue. December 23, 2003  
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Merchant shot dead in Khulna

Abdul Majid Shaikh, 50, timber merchant and a Jatiya Party member, was gunned down by unidentified assailants near his house at Mechaghona village under Dumuria upazila at 7:45pm Sunday.

The attackers shot into his chest, abdomen and ears from close range, leaving him dead on the spot.

Police recovered two used shells of rifle bullets from the place. None was arrested till the time of writing this report yesterday evening.

Eyewitnesses said the murder was committed right in front of his neighbours. His wife alleged the killers were firing blank shots and shouting slogans in favour of outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party (NBCP) while leaving the place.

Family sources alleged Majid Shaikh, an influential member of Khulna district unit of Jatiya Party, was killed for refusing to pay toll to the NBCP activists.

Police, however, said the murder was a sequel to a family feud. Majid Shaikh was having strained relations with his first wife for marrying a 21-year-old girl early this year.