Police firing at Banshkhali power plant: Another bullet-hit employee dies, say family members | The Daily Star
11:48 PM, April 21, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:56 PM, April 21, 2021

Police firing at Banshkhali power plant: Another bullet-hit employee dies, say family members

Police not confirming that deceased employee at plant

Family members of a man who died in Chattogram early Tuesday said he was a employee of SS Power I Plant at Chattogram's Banshkhali upazila and succumbed to bullet wounds sustained during police firing at the plant on April 17.

The victim is Md Raziul Islam Reza, 25, son of Abdul Mannan of Dinajpur's Phulbari thana, according to police and family sources.

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However, a Banshkhali Police Station officials said today that they are not sure about the death as no one contacted them about it.

Family members said Reza was a Chinese interpreter at the power plant. He succumbed to his injuries at ICU of Parkview Hospital of Chattogram's Panchlaish area.

Azizul Islam, inspector (investigation) of Banshkhali Police Station, said, "We heard from different sources that one Raziul Reza died at a private hospital but we are not sure about it as no one informed us.

"I have no official news regarding that. Family members did not contact police after the death," he said.

Contacted, Swapna Mustahina, the victim's sister, told The Daily Star today, "My brother was admitted to Parkview Hospital on April 18 after receiving treatment at CMCH. He was admitted there as he needed ICU facilities due to a bullet wound in his abdomen."

"He died at around 1:30 am on Tuesday. We buried him at Phulbaria after taking from Chattogram on Tuesday night," she said.

Contacted, Md Fakhrul Islam, OC of Phulbaria Police station said, "Family members buried him and hearing the news police visited the house of Reza where family members told police that he suffered bullet wounds during the Banshkhali incident.

"We told them to show job documents but they said the job documents are in Dhaka with his cousin who helped him get the job," added OC Fakhrul.  

"We cannot say whether there was any postmortem or not," the OC added.

Earlier in the day, another worker who was injured in police shooting at SS Power I Plant in Gondamara union of Chattogram's Banskhali upazila succumbed to his injuries.

If Reza's death is linked to the Banshkhali incident, during which police fired on power plant workers demanding payment of wages and better accommodation,  it will bring the death toll from police firing at the power plant to seven.

Police have so far confirmed six deaths.

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