Published: Friday, May 10, 2013


Govt trashes loss of thousands of lives rumour

This May 5 photo shows activists of Hefajat-e Islam and Jamat-e-Islami attack a policemen in alleyway near Purana Paltan intersection in the capital. Photo: Star

The government on Friday said the ‘rumor of loss of thousands of lives’ in the city’s Motijheel area during a joint drive to clear Shapla Chattar is completely baseless, fabricated and ill-motivated.

“At the age of mobile phone, email and internet, it’s simply unbelievable,” the government said in a press note issued after five days of the late night crackdown.

It said relatives, friends and well-wishers of the victims were supposed to get busy looking for their near and dear ones in case of such huge casualties, and the media would also have revealed those.

“No one can show any example in this regard. It proves the news of huge loss of lives is untrue and completely motivated,” the press note said.

It said a large number of media people of television channels and still cameramen were present during the drive and monitored and broadcast it. “Many people from high-rise buildings took pictures at that time and saw the incident.”

The press note also mentioned that the members of the law enforcement agencies helped those took shelter inside narrow lanes and buildings to get out freely and without fear.

They law enforcement agencies also helped out the children and youths who came to Dhaka for the first time which was broadcast by the electronic media.

“Police and BGB members identified the ‘campaign of huge loss of lives’ as untrue, illogical and motivated,” the three-page press note said.

Within 10-15 minutes of the drive, the press note said, the people moved towards Sayedabad-Jatrabari from Shapla Chattar and four bodies were seen wrapped in white clothes during the drive.

Quoting police sources, the press note said a total of 11 people, including three pedestrians and a policeman, were killed on the day at different stage of clashes.

Earlier, dismissing the allegation of mass killing and concealing bodies, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Benazir Ahmed said there was no incident of killing during the operation at Shapla Chattar.

“As no lethal weapon was used by law enforcers in the late night action to drive away Hefajat activists, there’s no possibility of killing at that time,” Benazir told the press conference at the DMP Media Centre.

  • sabrina

    Nobody should believe either the Police or the Awami League. They are both liars and we know this.

    • mailboy

      If there is any proof, please show. Yes, people die in Savar, yes, in Sundays hartal, at least 2 to 3 people will get killed; but when you are throwing allegation of such mass killings there has to be a legitimate proof, at least a video, or a photo.

  • sabrina

    I was unaware that Haiti people wore pajama , panjabis , As for believing whom , you should your common sense , when shots are fired in a massive rally , many people die . When Kiberia died or when ivy rahman died , Al wanted to bring BNP down , though there was no proof that BNP had anything to do with it . Then all Al said was OK , all BNP said was wrong . Now it is the exact opposite

  • sabrina

    That photo could be photoshoped too