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Targeted killings must be stopped

Reacts NHRC boss after killing of Jessore AL leader

Star Report

The government needs to take stern measures to stop targeted killings in the country, said Dr Mizanur Rahman, chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
"Such incidents like the one in Jessore's Abhaynagar are triggering insecurity among people and the government must act on it strongly," said the NHRC chief yesterday.
His comments came just a day after the killing of an Awami League leader at Abhaynagar in Jessore on Sunday night.
Chaitanya Kumar Mondol, formerly in the army and youth and sports secretary of Magura ward AL, was hacked and burnt to death inside his drugstore in Magura bazaar by a group of miscreants allegedly having ties with the BNP and Jamaat-Shibir.
While talking to The Daily Star, Mizanur Rahman expressed concerns over such incidents.

Family members of deceased Awami League leader Chaitanya Mondol in shock yesterday after criminals indiscriminately stabbed the retired army person inside his pharmacy in Magura Bazar of Abhaynagar in Jessore on Sunday Photo: Star
Family members of deceased Awami League leader Chaitanya Mondol in shock yesterday after criminals indiscriminately stabbed the retired army person inside his pharmacy in Magura Bazar of Abhaynagar in Jessore on Sunday Photo: Star

“After the post-polls violence erupted across the country, people came out in protest and we thought the violence would stop now. However, it has not stopped and we see targeted killings and attacks are going on,” said the rights body chief.
The NHRC chairman recently visited Abhaynagar, where Chaitanya was killed, and talked to the Hindus of Malopara who fell victim to the brutal attacks of BNP and Jamaat-Shibir men following the January 5 polls.
Meanwhile, the police have not yet been able to arrest Mesbah-ur-Rahman, the prime suspect in Chaitanya's murder, or any of his gang members.

Criminals then poured petrol over him and his shop and set it alight. Photo: Star
Criminals then poured petrol over him and his shop and set it alight. Photo: Star


Three months ago, Mesbah had attacked and injured Chaitanya and his brother Kartik Mondol and a case was filed against him in this connection.
Mollah Khabir Uddin, officer-in-charge of Abhaynagar Police Station, told The Daily Star that Mesbah had also threatened to kill Chaitanya afterwards.
He said that police were hunting for Mesbah, who has at least 10 cases, including three for murder, filed against him.

Published: 12:01 am Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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