Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013

5 killed in Laxmipur opposition men-Rab clash

5 killed in Laxmipur opposition men-Rab clash

Border Guard Bangladesh members with the help of locals clear the way on Chandpur-Laxmipur road this noon. Opposition men blocked the road by felling roadside trees there. Photo: STAR

At least five people were shot dead and 25 injured as Rapid Action Battalion members opened fire during a clash with opposition men in Laxmipur town this morning.

Protesting the deaths, the activists of BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance along with locals cordoned off the Rab members in the local police lines area since noon.

A helicopter sent from Dhaka airlifted the elite force members from the police lines around 3:00pm, reports a correspondent from Laxmipur.

A tense situation has been prevailing in the district town.

Laxmipur

A portion of a microbus is damaged as activists of BNP-led 18-party combine set fire to the vehicle in Laxmipur during a clash with Rapid Action Battalion Thursday. Photo: TV grab

The opposition has called a dawn-to-dusk hartal in the district for Saturday.

The deceased were identified as Iqbal Mahmud Jewel, senior vice-president of district Juba Dal; Shihab Hossain, a Shibir activist; Sumon, Juba Dal activist; Mahbubur Rahman, a business man; and an unnamed youth aged around 30.

Body of Juba Dal leader Jewel was still missing, the family alleged.

The problem erupted when a team of Rab conducted a raid at the house of district BNP General Secretary Sahabuddin Sabu around 6:00am.

Being resisted by the family members, the Rab men shot at Sabu’s leg and picked up his younger brother Azizul Karim.

Hearing the news, the activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, student wing of the BNP, brought out a procession and got into a clash with the Rab personnel in Chalkbazar area.

The elite force members opened fire to bring the situation under control, leaving at least 28 opposition men injured.

  • Muhammad Mushfiqur Rahman

    Nobody expects bloodshed! People shedding blood on the streets or setting fire on the vehicles and passers-by or fighting law enforcers are being led to an uncertain & sorrowful life. Even most of their parents discourage them, I think, to involve in any violent politics.
    I would request the people to pacify the political violence with patience and knowledge. I think, it is of no use to involve oneself in this heinous political turmoil.

  • Kalu_Mia

    Elite force is now doing odd jobs of police.

  • Kalu_Mia

    You also should now the difference between professional law enforcers and Awami loyal partisan law enforcers.

  • SM

    So they are killed by forces – No reports –nothing? Usually there should be a judicial/administative process to backup and record this. I mean we just can’t have law enforcers Acting like Drug cartel militia! Was there any post mortem done on these bodies? Even during the war the Military officers file casuality reports both friends and foes.