In the line of duty
Md Parvez Hosen, a 28-year-old constable of tourist police, was a rare soul. Policing tourist spots was rather a calling for him than a mere professional duty.
He knew how dangerous it was to confront a machete-equipped mugger when one was off duty. Yet he grabbed hold of a fleeing thug and got embroiled in a scuffle without loosening his grip even when the latter stabbed him indiscriminately.
Parvez died yesterday in the line of duty around 10:00am at a local hospital.
The incident took place in the morning around 7:30am near the Golchokkor field in Baharchora area of the beach town.
Jahirul Islam, additional police super (ASP) of Cox's Bazar Tourist Police, said his team that included Parvez heard the cries of tourist Zakir Hossain, who had been attacked by a gang of six muggers.
The thugs robbed Zakir of Tk 6,000 and were running away. The police team chased them and Parvez caught one named Abu Taher by the arm, said Jahirul.
Taher soon brought out a knife and fatally stabbed Parvez to set himself free, the ASP said.
Among the muggers police were able to catch Taher, 28, and Abdul Malek, 24.
Parvez was immediately rushed to the General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries about two hours later.
Parvez's body was sent to his ancestral village after an autopsy was carried out around 12:00pm, police sources said.
The slain cop was the son of Mohammad Bashir from Burirchang upazila in Comilla.
The ASP said they would thoroughly raid the area to arrest the rest of the muggers.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Haque expressed his deep shock at Parvez's death in a statement.