Vol. 4 Num 242 Thu. January 29, 2004  
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Three shot in city

Three persons including a timber traders' leader were shot and injured in three incidents in the capital in a span of 18 hours till 3:00pm yesterday.

Extortionists shot president of local timber traders association Tajul Islam inside his shop near IG Gate at Shyampur.

Critically injured Tajul was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and admitted there.

Witnesses said a gang of eight local extortionists led by 'Rogkata' Imran stormed into his shop at about 11:00 am, shot him in the throat, chest and abdomen and fled. He was attacked as he persuaded local traders to unite and stop paying toll, they added.

The victim's brother said Rogkata Imran threatened to kill his brother over mobile phone about a week ago.

The gang also shot Tajul's another bother, also a timber trader, about eight months ago for the same reason, locals said.

Police said Tajul is an accused in a case filed under the Speedy Trial Act.

No case was filed till the filing of this report yesterday evening.

Earlier on Tuesday night, three alleged hijackers shot a CNG auto-rickshaw driver as he resisted their bid to hijack his vehicle at Madhya Paikpara in Mirpur.

Driver Mohammad Liton was admitted to the DMCH.

The gang members posing as passengers hired the auto-ricksahw at Dhanmondi and went to Madhya Paikpara at about 9:00 pm. Then two of them drew out pistol and tried to drag him (driver) out. As he grabbed one, another shot him, Liton said.

As locals rushed to the spot, they fled.

In another incident, a 15-year-old boy, Arif Dewan, was injured in a crossfire between two local gangs at North Basil in Mirpur at about 3:00 pm yesterday, family members said.