Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013

Jamaat man killed in clash with cops

Law enforcers attacked; 13 policemen among 23 hurt

A Jamaat-e-Islami activist was killed and 23 people, including 13 policemen, were injured in a clash between law enforcers and Jamaat-Shibir men at Joypur village of Monirampur upazila early yesterday.
The deceased was identified as Anisur Rahman, 25, son of Ibrahim Mollah of Joypur.
Jamaat-Shibir called a half-day hartal for Sunday in the upazila protesting Anisur’s death and police attack on its supporters.
A 120-member team conducted raids at the village after Fajr prayers to arrest four Jamaat-Shibir activists, said Ali Azam, officer-in-charge (OC) of Monirampur Police Station.
The activists were shown accused in cases of vandalism and arson incidents in the upazila on February 28, he said.
As the police team reached the house of Fazlul Haque, amir of upazila unit of Jamaat, some Jamaat-Shibir men through a loudspeaker of a local mosque cried for help saying that some robbers attacked the village, said Mostafa Kamal, ASP of Jessore police (B circle).
Around 1,000 to 1,500 people soon encircled law enforcers and hurled brickbats at them. Police then retreated to their vehicles, which were kept 1 km off the house, firing tear gas shells and blank shots, the OC said.
“As some Jamaat-Shibir men tried to set the vehicles ablaze by throwing petrol bomb, we opened fire in the air to disperse them,” he said, adding that Jamaat activist Anisur sustained bullet injuries and died on the spot.
At least 10 Jamaat-Shibir men and 13 policemen sustained injuries in the clash, the OC added.
As soon as police left the spot, Jamaat-Shibir activists looted and torched three houses of local Awami League leaders, including that of Habibur Rahman Hobi, president of Dhakuria union AL.
They also vandalised 10 other houses of AL activists, locals said.
The body of Anisur, a brick kiln labourer, was sent to Jessore Medical College Hospital morgue for an autopsy.