The man who was killed by a mob in Narayanganj on Saturday on suspicion of being a child kidnapper was actually the speech-impaired father of the child, said his brother.
Meanwhile, an unidentified youth was beaten by a mob yesterday morning in Tangail, while a man, who was beaten up on Thursday evening, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital last night.
The dead in Narayanganj is Md Siraj, 25. His family identified the body at Siddhirganj Police Station on Saturday night, reports our Narayanganj correspondent.
Siraj’s brother Md Alam said Siraj went to see his daughter at Mizmizi as the girl had been living with her mother there following her parents’ separation five to six months ago. “My brother was not a child kidnapper.”
Locals told police that Siraj was beaten on suspicion of attempting to kidnap the girl, 6.
Alam said his brother was speech-impaired. He worked as a mason’s help.
Officer-in-Charge Shahin Shah Parvez of Siddhirganj Police Station said a case was filed against 76 named and 200 unnamed people with the police station on Saturday over Siraj’s killing.
He said they had so far detained 14 people in connection with the killing and another incident in which a woman was injured in mob beating on Saturday.
In another incident, locals beat floweriest Russel Mia, 45, and handed him over to police in Narayanganj’s Fatullah, suspecting him to be a child abductor.
Quoting locals, police said a six-year-old girl asked Russel about flower prices in Lalkha area around 9:30pm Saturday.
At one stage, Russel grabbed her hand and she started crying. Later, locals beat him up and handed him to police. His wife Nasima identified him at the local police station early yesterday.
Fatullah Police Station OC Aslam Hossain said they were investigating the incident.
In Tangail Sadar upazila, an unidentified youth was beaten by a mob yesterday morning on suspicion of being a child kidnapper, reports our district correspondent.
Locals beat up the 30 years old, when he was in Kandila Bazar under Gala union, said Maznu Miah, a local union parishad member.
On information, police rescued him and sent him to Tangail General Hospital, said SI Mosharraf Hossain, in-charge of Tangail Sadar Police outpost.
He said the youth seemed to be mentally ill.
Yesterday, Savar police filed a case against around 700 to 800 unidentified people over the killing of an unidentified woman by a mob suspecting her to be a child kidnapper, reports our Savar correspondent.
In another incident, locals of Keraniganj beat up a man on Thursday evening on suspicion of being a child kidnapper. He was undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
He died last night, Shaker Mohammad Zubayer, officer-in-charge of Keraniganj Police Station, told The Daily Star.
“We are trying to identify him,” the officer said.
Ain O Salish Kendra expressed deep concern about the incidents of killings and attacks on suspicion of being child kidnappers, says a press release yesterday.