A two-member team of National Human Rights Commission yesterday visited Rangamati's Baghaichhari upazila where seven people, including two polling officials and four Ansar men, were killed in a shooting during the second phase of upazila polls five days ago.
Al Mahmud Faizul Kabir, director (crime and investigation) of the NHRC, who led the team, talked to the relatives of the victims and met local administration officials during the visit.
“Everybody is saying the attack occurred because of disputes over the polls as the targets of the attackers were ballot boxes, election materials, those involved in the election and their vehicles,” Kabir told journalists.
He suspected that those who boycotted the polls might be involved in the attack.
The law enforcers could not ensure adequate security as they were not equipped with modern arms. It is imperative to better equip and modernise the local law enforcement agencies, he added.
Meanwhile, the army of Baghaihat Zone yesterday recovered the rifle of Ansar member Mihir Datta, who was killed in the attack, said police.
MA Manzur, officer-in-charge of Baghaichhari Police Station, said the rifle was recovered in Dash Kilometre area of Marishsha-Dighinala road where it was abandoned.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defence Party (VDP) provided Tk 1 lakh to each of the four families of the victims at its Rangamati district office.
Ansar and VDP Chattogram and Hill Range Deputy Director General Shamsul Alam handed over the financial aid to the family members.
Families of the dead Ansar members would get another Tk 4 lakh each, he said.