Published: Friday, May 17, 2013

Three youths beaten to death

Mob attacked them over alleged robbery attempt in Ashulia

Three youths were beaten to death by a mob over an alleged attempted robbery in Ashulia on the outskirts of Dhaka early yesterday.
One of the dead is Sumon Miah, 28, an employee of Ananta Garments at Ashulia. The identities of the two others could not be confirmed till last night.
Sumon was beaten to death by the mob near a bridge at Diakhali village, while the two others died in neighbouring Nishchintapur village around 1:00am when they attempted to rob a car driver, said Habibur Rahman, superintendent of Dhaka district police.
Talking to The Daily Star, car driver Saiful Islam said he had been driving his own car-for-hire for the last five years.
“The robbers obstructed my car by placing bamboos and branches of trees across a road at Diakhali. Sensing danger, I honked for sometime and cried for help. At one stage, some villagers came to my rescue, caught one of the robbers and beat him to death,” he mentioned.
A group of villagers, said Saiful, chased down the two others at Nishchintapur village, around 1.5 kilometres off Diakhali.
Police said the mob beat the two to death at Nishchintapur. They also claimed the three youths were professional robbers.
“All the three were professional robbers. Apart from Sumon, the two others are Hafizul Islam and Minhazul Islam. The duo were accused in a robbery case,” said Badrul Alam, officer-in-charge of Ashulia Police Station.
A gang of robbers, including the duo, looted the passengers of a vehicle on their way to Parbatipur in Dinajpur, carrying the body of Khadiza, a victim of the Rana Plaza collapse in Savar, he added.
On April 4, a case was filed with Badarganj Police Station in Rangpur in this connection.
Contacted, Badarganj police could not confirm whether Hafizul and Minhazul were the accused in the case.
“We have arrested one Rabiul, who during preliminary interrogation mentioned the names of Hafizul and Minhajul as being involved in the robbery. But until it is verified, we can’t say that the dead are the accused persons,” said Nuruzzaman Chowdhury, OC of Badarganj Police Station.
Hailing from Mithapukur upazila in Rangpur district, Sumon along with his wife had been residing at a rented tiny room at East Nishchintapur of Ashulia. His wife is an employee at New Age Garments at Ashulia.
Talking to this correspondent, Sumon’s landlord Hasan Ali Mollah said his tenant had no criminal record. The couple were garment employees.
“Sumon had come to my house recently, but he had been living in the area for the last few years along with his wife. His mother and two younger brothers are also local residents,” he mentioned.
Hasan saw around 10 to 12 people running after the duo, who tried to hide in a room of his house. The attackers brought the two out of the room and beat them up brutally.
Visiting Hasan’s house yesterday afternoon, this correspondent found Sumon’s room under lock and key.
The three bodies were kept at Dhaka Medical College morgue last night.

  • Hafizullah

    When all the law enforcers sleep years after years in a country, killing robbers by civil citizens is the only way to bring back the law and order in the country. Remember 1972, 1973…

    • Sabina G

      ” Killing robbers by civil citizen” , that is an oxymoron statement !!

      Murder is murder , it doesn’t matter who, why and who it happened and there is no justification of killing .

  • Hafizullah

    Not only them, thieves in police, doctors, lawyers, businessmen, politicians etc. should not be spared for a refreshed country.