Vol. 4 Num 327 Fri. April 30, 2004  
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Gazipur BNP leader's killing not political
Suspect investigators

Primary police investigation found Gazipur BNP leader Kazi Mahmud Hossain Hashem was knifed to death Wednesday over a squabble.

"According to the first information report (FIR), locals' statement and information we have gathered so far, relatives of arrested Assistant Health Inspector Mollah Ismail Hossain got Hashem stabbed to death over an argument on Sunday," a top Gazipur police official said yesterday seeking anonymity.

"Some said Hashem's sons insulted Ismail that day and the latter's relatives took his life as a revenge," he said.

In the FIR, Hashem's brother Brig Gen (Retd) Kazi Mahmud Hassan, a presidium member of Jatiya Party (JP), said the quarrel began as the BNP leader came in aid of one Mujibor when Ismail, his three sons and eight others were manhandling the latter for not paying them toll.

Hassan alleged Ismail, his sons Apple, Jewel and Rubel, Jubo Dal and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists Ilias, Hiru, Zillur, Momen, Azad, Saidul, Humayun and Sagar murdered his brother following the row.

Allegedly led by Apple and Ilias, activists of BNP's youth front Jubo Dal and student wing JCD stabbed Hashem indiscriminately before Gazipur Deputy Commissioner's office Wednesday noon when he was going to local court, the FIR added.

A critically wounded Hashem was rushed to Gazipur Sadar Hospital where he died from 1:30pm of excessive bleeding.

As the news spread, an enraged crowd damaged a video rental shop after police barred the mob from vandalising Ismail's house. Four policemen were injured during the incident, sources said.

Angry locals later held Ismail, his sons Jewel and Rubel and turned them in to police, they added.

Local police Wednesday night nabbed Nurunnabi, Mukul, Khalil and Mobarak on Pubail Road for helping the attackers flee the crime scene.

Hashem, also former deputy general secretary of Gazipur JP, left behind three sons and two daughters.

He was buried at their family graveyard in Gazipur town yesterday after autopsy.