Police sue Uttara BNP activists
After a youth died in a road accident in the capital on Friday, police filed a murder case claiming he was a Jubo League activist who ran into the path of a vehicle while trying to avoid being beaten by some local BNP activists.
On the contrary, relatives of the victim, Shah Alam Fakir, 26, said the youth was neither involved with any political party nor in any beating.
Moreover, sources in Uttara, where the accident occurred, said Awami League and Jubo League activists clashed over setting up mango shops between Rajlaxmi Complex and Latif Emporium, over half an hour after the accident.
They had exchanged fire while chasing each other, the sources said.
Alam's uncle, Sujat Fakir, who witnessed the accident, said, “We (he and Alam) went before Rajlaxmi Complex at Uttara at around 8:45pm to collect Tk 5,000 which a person owed to Alam.”
While the duo was crossing a road, Alam was hit by a vehicle. He was first taken to Metropolitan Hospital at Mohakhali and later shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, where doctors declared him dead at 10:15pm, he said.
Sujat added that he did not see any clash taking place before or after the accident.
Alam's elder brother Aminur Rahman Fakir said Jubo League activists tried to forcibly take away the body from the Dhaka Medical College morgue.
Alam was on the staff of a Baridhara hotel, hailing from Alfadanga of Faridpur district and residing in Bashtoli of Shahjadpur, he added.
The morgue sources said the death was caused by a road accident.
In the inquest report, police mentioned that Alam was working with Jubo League activists to set up the mango shop at around 9:15pm when the BNP activists attacked.
Alam sustained serious head injuries and was hit by an unidentified vehicle while running across the road to flee from the attackers, read the report.
Uttara Model Police Station Sub-Inspector Zahir Ahmed filed the case against eight people, including some BNP leaders and activists, by name and 150 unidentified people.
Officer-in-Charge Khandker Rezaul Hasan of the police station said they arrested a local BNP leader, Tuhin Hasan Kafil, the main accused, as the attack was allegedly led by him.