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Bishwajit Murder

Stabber captured

Father who wanted son to be punished dies an hour after his arrest

L-R: After arrest. Rafiqul Islam Shakil with a machete in the attack on Bishwajit on December 9. Star file photo

Ansar Ali Khalifa, father of Rafiqul Islam Shakil who hacked Bishwajit Das with a machete, died of cardiac arrest yesterday morning, an hour after Shakil was nabbed by police.

On hearing about his son's arrest, Ansar felt serious chest pain around 6:00am and was taken to Barisal Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead, family sources said.

Ansar, 65, fell ill on December 9 at his village home in Barisal as he watched on TV his son indiscriminately hacking Bishwajit, a 24-year-old tailor, during the early hours of the opposition blockade.

Two days after the ghastly incident in Old Dhaka, Ansar told The Daily Star that he wanted his son to get punished for the brutal act. “I couldn't believe what I saw on television. I knew that my son was involved in student politics but I didn't know he became such a danger man.”

Relatives said Ansar was too shocked to bear the pain of what his son's misdeed.

Taking Bishwajit for a pro-blockade activist, a group of Chhatra League activists of Jagannath University (JnU) swooped on him around 9:00am on his way to work, witnesses said. The victim was declared dead at Mitford Hospital around 10:00am.

With the arrest of Shakil around 5:00am yesterday, the number of arrestees in the murder case rose to 10.

Shakil is a second-year student of Islamic history at JnU. Photos and video footage of the murder scene show Shakil hacking Bishwajit with a machete, which detectives recovered from a shop on the JnU campus last night.

Police said they caught Shakil from a relative's house in Barguna through tracking his mobile calls. He was brought to detective headquarters in Dhaka after the arrest, and would be produced before a court today.

Nurul Islam, officer-in-charge of Bakerganj Police Station, quoting Shakil said the arrestee was a BCL activist and that he hacked Bishwajit not realising that the victim would die.

Shakil's admission is in total contrast with the government and Chhatra League claims.

The government and the BCL, a pro-Awami League student body, maintain that Chhatra League has no link with the murder. But The Daily Star through its own inquiry identified 15 people who directly took part in the murder. According to campus sources, they are all BCL activists of the JnU campus unit.

Earlier on December 13, detectives arrested three suspects while the four others held on December 11 were shown arrested in the murder case filed with Sutrapur Police Station. On Friday, police nabbed two more accused.

The case was transferred to the Detective Branch of Police yesterday.

Meanwhile, a Dhaka court yesterday placed Saiful Islam and Rasheduzzaman Shaon, the two arrested on Friday, on an eight-day remand each.

Mahbubul Alam Akand, a sub-inspector of Sutrapur Police Station and also the investigation officer (IO) of the case, produced the duo before the Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate's court that gave the remand order.

The remand petition said Saiful and Shaon swooped on Bishwajit and indiscriminately beat him. The IO also said police identified the duo from their photographs and video clippings run in the media.

During primary interrogation, Saiful and Shaon also confessed to their involvement in the killing, police officials told The Daily Star.

Speaking in the BBC Bangladesh dialogue yesterday, State Minister for Law Quamrul Islam said Bishwajit's killers would be tried under speedy trial.

Meanwhile, National Human Rights Commission Chairman Mizanur Rahman has blamed police members and hospital authority's negligence for Bishwajit's death.

Bishwajit was attacked in front of the police but they did not save him while the hospital authorities failed to play their due role when the victim was taken to the hospital, the NHRC boss told reporters in the capital yesterday.

Also yesterday, Transparency International Bangladesh demanded a judicial probe into the murder and punishment of the perpetrators.

“Although the identities Bishwajit's killers are known to the countrymen, the government is making unacceptable and motivated remarks, which is tantamount to conspiring to keep the criminals above law,” TIB Executive Director Iftekharuzzaman said.

He added: “It would be suicidal for the government if it does not ensure severe punishment of those responsible, leaving behind the debate over the political connections of the attackers."

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Do not worry, the merciful President will spare you.

: rch

Students should protest against terrorists and help government to make a danger free country. But what is happening in our colleges and universities? Who are responsible for moving the students to the eternal destruction? Look, Bishwajit might be sleeping with thousand hopes which he did not complete during his survival and so now he is reckless in the grave and his parents are waiting to hear the calling of their beloved son. On the other hand, Shakil's father adieus world good- bye as he cannot suffer the smell of bitter politics. But our model politicians who instigate to occur this turmoil scenario as usual, they have lost nothing speaking vigorously to destroy another one. Oh politics!

: Nurnobi


  • Nasirullah Mridha,USA
    Sunday, December 16, 2012 02:10 AM GMT+06:00 (70 weeks ago)

    Hang him so no one will dare to inflict such a heinous attack on any innocent person. This time we hope President will not relieve the Bishwajit killers from the gallows.

  • Selma
    Sunday, December 16, 2012 02:56 AM GMT+06:00 (70 weeks ago)

    Hasina should be tried for this murder since this criminal is a pet of hers.

  • Asad Zaman
    Sunday, December 16, 2012 11:46 AM GMT+06:00 (69 weeks ago)

    TIB director’s remarks seem to be motivated to de-popularize the government. Which criminal was kept above the law? The government sent strong message to the law-enforcers and the nation that the killers, whoever they are, must be arrested as early as possible. And they will certainly be punished as per the law of the country. So after the murder, the arrest of the murderer(s) is the paramount duty of the law-enforcement agencies. And they have successfully arrested not only the stabber, but also 9 others involved in the murder case. Are these not enough for the TIB director at this moment? What else he would have done if he were in the government?

  • Virendra
    Sunday, December 16, 2012 04:36 AM GMT+06:00 (70 weeks ago)

    You can not give jobs to your youths. You can not give them hopes. You can not give them life. You just want them to be used as your pawn to get into power. That's what you get then - deranged angry young men - who have absolutely no idea what they are doing and what would be the consequence. I hope these guys rot in prison for eternity for taking innocent life and I pray those behind them suffer even worse.

  • Rakibul Azad
    Sunday, December 16, 2012 11:40 AM GMT+06:00 (69 weeks ago)

    Shakil is the example which is created by our politics. What is the view of our politics and our politicians? What is exercised there? We do politics just for our own interest and not for our country/countrymen. A politician has no ethics and he can do everything that we can't imagine. Shame for our nasty politics! And shame for them who support and vote for them!

    Sunday, December 16, 2012 05:08 AM GMT+06:00 (69 weeks ago)

    We demand punishment for those who made a devil out of an innocent boy.

  • narayan
    Sunday, December 16, 2012 05:12 AM GMT+06:00 (69 weeks ago)

    Does The Daily Star care to drop a single alphabet for Rabeya Begum, mother of several children who had to jump out of a bus holding in her arms her three-month-old baby to escape fury of most legal, most peaceful, believer of individual rights who were just championing the cause, now lying unconscious in hospital?

  • John
    Sunday, December 16, 2012 05:47 AM GMT+06:00 (69 weeks ago)

    Within a few days we will see these killers are out again.

  • sujon
    Sunday, December 16, 2012 05:52 AM GMT+06:00 (69 weeks ago)

    Hasina's golden boy- future awami minister and looter-- anti muslim activates--Joy bangla . Hasina is proud of him.

  • Ali
    Sunday, December 16, 2012 06:32 AM GMT+06:00 (69 weeks ago)

    How can student do brutal behave with human? That mean Bangladesh future will be gloom. We should ensure that severe punishment in front of crowded place those involve Bishwajit death. This our lesson learns after that no more killers will be born.

  • suhan Ahmed
    Sunday, December 16, 2012 06:33 AM GMT+06:00 (69 weeks ago)

    Bishwajit killing touched every one's heart, how an innocent young man was beaten to death in a daylight when the whole nation were witnessing that horrific scene, no word can be found to condemn this killing, we want those who were involved with this killing must be brought the justice so entire world can witness that justice had been done!

  • Laamash
    Sunday, December 16, 2012 07:05 AM GMT+06:00 (69 weeks ago)

    Tit for tat.

  • GR
    Sunday, December 16, 2012 07:35 AM GMT+06:00 (69 weeks ago)

    If these murderers are hanged, the rating of AL will go up.

  • paul
    Sunday, December 16, 2012 08:28 AM GMT+06:00 (69 weeks ago)

    Good job police department. Court should throw him on the road public will kill him how he did with Bishwajit same way need to do for him. So he knows how the pain of die is. Other wise justice should hang his neck. If no hang the neck that means discrimination because of HINDU AND MUSLIM, I can feel now, until now Prime minister did not visit Bishwajit parents why? She should do first day incident and APOLOGY TO HIS PARENTS, DON'T WORRY HINDU PEOPLE DOESN'T LIKE THE YOUR MONEY. So my understanding Prime-Minster doesn't like the HINDU people. Remember HASINA HINDU people also gave you VOTE, just simply remember you're dad Sheikh Mujib he said HINDU-MUSLIM BROTHER AND SISTER. EVERYBODY EQUAL RIGHTS. I hope you and your people understand it. Thank you very much and regards, PAUL

  • Roman
    Sunday, December 16, 2012 08:58 AM GMT+06:00 (69 weeks ago)

    What to do with these wastes? Bringing them under custody will just sore the state cost. Just hang them straight.

  • Md. Amanat Ullah Sahin
    Sunday, December 16, 2012 09:40 AM GMT+06:00 (69 weeks ago)

    I want to punish for his heinous act.

  • Harun Rashid
    Sunday, December 16, 2012 09:43 AM GMT+06:00 (69 weeks ago)

    He just not only the killer of Bishwajit but also morality. He and other his associates deserve only exemplary punishment to reduce our stress which is very difficult to release after seeing that brutal murder. There is no room for mercy.

  • Harun Rashid
    Sunday, December 16, 2012 09:46 AM GMT+06:00 (69 weeks ago)

    Shakil should be treated his father's killer as well.

  • Zishan
    Sunday, December 16, 2012 10:25 AM GMT+06:00 (69 weeks ago)

    The ferocious animal is better than him. This killer deserves great punishment. We demand step down of Home Minister as public interest.

  • Asad Zaman
    Sunday, December 16, 2012 10:59 AM GMT+06:00 (69 weeks ago)

    Stabber captured! Not only that, he will certainly be punished as per the country’s law and will receive either capital punishment or many years of jail-sentence. In fact, he has already started to receive punishment in the form of ‘divine retribution’ in which he lost his father, a wise man who could not tolerate his son’s cruel crime and hence he succumb to cardiac-arrest that ended his life. I pray for his departed soul. I thank the law enforcement who accomplished a brilliant job by arresting not only the stabber but also 9 of his associates involved in the murder case in a shortest possible time. I also thank those government officials who sent strong message to the law-enforcers and the nation that the killers, whoever they are, must be arrested as early as possible. This is certainly an aspect of good-governance. And I denounce those who try to politicise the murder case and hence to de-popularise the government by censuring the latter’s peripheral or off-handed remarks, and not by appreciating or praising its actions or accomplishments – for example the arrest of 10 accused killers in a reasonably shortest time.

    Sunday, December 16, 2012 01:13 PM GMT+06:00 (69 weeks ago)

    Good job media!! For your footage the culprits are caught. Student Politics should be banned and students should focus hard on their education to keep up with the pace of the world. The killers should be publicly hanged to raise fear and avoid such havoc in future.

  • Hafiz
    Sunday, December 16, 2012 12:17 AM GMT+06:00 (70 weeks ago)

    No mercy- only the capital punishment should be the answer.

  • abul moniruzzaman
    Sunday, December 16, 2012 12:29 AM GMT+06:00 (70 weeks ago)

    Everything is possible by the government agencies because they are full of clever and talented people, their information sources are such strong that they can track any person missing or alive if they are not intimidated, the country is small hence they know what is happening where and who is providing shelter, this is an example, I highly hailed them for their personal courage and valour. Bravo!!!

    At the same time this is a good illustration for all who thought they are supreme whatever they do they will get away with it by the blessings of the big brother or master working behind them. They should understand that people is the final authority their anger is so dangerous that their masters had no option left than to stay back to allow the law enforcing agencies to come forward and bring people to justice.

    These boys were over confident because they thought that the giant power behind them will help them go unpunished even they kill an innocent young boy in brought day light in front of cameras, this is where they made mistake and facing this day.

    Our heart had broken that day, we lost hope but today we are feeling totally different. This will give a bit relief to Biswajit’s family members. God help them getting some comfort.

  • N. Rahim
    Sunday, December 16, 2012 12:48 AM GMT+06:00 (70 weeks ago)

    The all merciful president has all the rights reserved with him to spare you guys. Don't worry. Stay happy!

  • Talat Islam
    Sunday, December 16, 2012 12:54 AM GMT+06:00 (70 weeks ago)

    It seems the media is more interested in this one killing than the 112 who died few days back. Very interesting!

  • Barkat
    Sunday, December 16, 2012 02:06 AM GMT+06:00 (70 weeks ago)

    Beyond any doubt that the NHRC chairman is a puppet of government and AL. What a shameful comment from a person who is suppose to uphold basic human rights. He is blaming the police and hospital and soon AL will even declare that police man and hospital staff were BNP-Jamat sympathizer.

  • OpeeMonir
    Sunday, December 16, 2012 01:06 AM GMT+06:00 (70 weeks ago)

    After 41 years from our independence day 1971, this is what we get; do we deserve this...definitely no. If our politicians are unable to settle their differences, they should leave the stage to make way for the young leaders. Hello, knock! knock! Who is talking??? Here are some of the great examples which makes us so terrified further; how is that possible that we allowed these kind of young leaders to take the stage? Time has come to open our eyes and take the ownership of the country, folks…….

  • Dev Saha
    Sunday, December 16, 2012 01:36 AM GMT+06:00 (70 weeks ago)

    This is how a decent political party makes a fool of itself. Own the crime, sanitize your cadres and hope for the best in next election. Voters got elephant's memory. Nothing stays permanent forever.





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