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Police firing on rape protest leaves 3 dead

Update : 18 Sep 2015, 02:57 PM

At least three people have been killed and 50 others injured in police firing after they blocked the Tangail-Mymensingh road demanding quick trial of a rapist.

The locals were protesting the rape of a Ghatail woman in front of her son Al Amin on September 15. Alleged rapist Rafiqul Islam Roma is the son of Mozaffar Hossain from Saturia under Kalihati upazila.

Of the deceased, Shamim, 35, son of Alhaz from Kalia village of Ghatail, died on the spot while Faruk, 32, of Satia village of the same upazila, succumbed to his injuries at Tangail Sadar Hospital.

Critically injured Nitai Chandra died on the way to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, OC Md Shahidul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune.

More than 10 protesters sustained bullet injuries. They were admitted to Tangail Sadar Hospital and Kalihati Health Complex.

Quoting on-duty doctors, locals claimed that the death toll may rise further as the condition of some injured are critical.

Tangail Additional Superintendent of Police Shariful Islam confirmed the deaths in police firing.

The clash ensued around 4:30pm when several hundred people from Ghatail and Kalihati brought out a protest procession on the road, suspending traffic movement. Police barred them from demonstrating on the road triggering a chase and counter-chase.

At one point, police charged batons on them and fired from shotguns resulting in the death of Shamim on the spot.

Traffic movement came normal around 6:30pm. Later additional police, RAB and BGB members were deployed in the area.

Locals say Roma's wife got engaged in a relation with Al Amin, 17, and they eloped several months back. Later she was brought back. But Roma's wife again went to Al Amin on September 12, according to locals.

Later Roma's family members asked Al Amin, his mother and Roma's wife to go to their house for discussing the matter on September 15. Around 11am on that day, Roma and his associates stripped of Al Amin and his mother, and tortured them severely. Roma also raped the woman.

Local police went to the spot on information, rescued the duo and also arrested Roma.

The rape victim filed a case the same day against Roma, his brother-in-law Hafiz and another person named Kazi under the Women and Children Repression (Prevention) Act with Kalihati police.

Two committees have been formed to investigate the incident, one by DC office and another by police. Seven people were arrested so far following the incident, Kalihati OC told journalists.

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