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15 shot during Banani eviction drive

Update : 30 Apr 2015, 09:25 AM

At least 15 people received bullet wounds when police opened fire on shopkeepers during an eviction drive at Banani Super Market in the capital on Thursday morning.

Bakhtiar Parvez, joint secretary of Banani DCC Unit Complex Shop Owners’ Association, told Dhaka Tribune that, of the injured, 10 were admitted to Kurmitola Hospital, four to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, and one, the critically injured Alamin, to Eye Hospital.

Parvez said Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) General Manager (Transport) Mabubur Rahman came to the market at 11am with four police constables to conduct an eviction drive.

“They started to drop the products in the markets on the ground in the name of an eviction drive. The shopkeepers of the markets became surprised and protested. During this time, an altercation erupted between Mabubur Rahman and Mahmud Hasan Azad, secretary general of Banani DCC Unit Complex Shop Owners’ Association, Later the shopkeepers joined in the scuffle,” said Parvez.

At one stage, the police opened fire on the protesting shopkeepers following an order from Mabubur Rahman, leaving at least 15 people injured, claimed Parvez, adding that at least 30 rounds of bullets were fired.

Inspection (Investigation) of Banani police station told the Dhaka Tribune the police personnel were not sent from Banani police; they came from the office of the Police Order Management (POM) at Mirpur.

DNCC Administrator BM Enamul Haque said: “Mabubur Rahman was sent from DNCC with magistracy power to conduct the eviction drive at the market.”

“We are pondering whether to take legal action against the unruly shopkeepers, due to their obstruction of the work of the government.”

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