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CEC orders investigation into BNP leader’s murder

He also mentioned that a decision about EVM use will be made on Saturday

Update : 23 Nov 2018, 12:57 PM

Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda has ordered an investigation into the murder of Jessore’s BNP leader Abu Bakkar Abu.

The CEC has called for legal action to be taken against the culprits— while he was conducting a training session at the Election Commission Secretariat at Agargaon, on Friday morning.

Abu, 60, was the Jessore BNP vice president and Majidpur Union Parishad chairman. He was a BNP nomination-seeker in the upcoming 11th parliamentary election for the Jessore 6 constituency.

According to Jessore BNP sources, Abu travelled to Dhaka to collect a Jessore 6 nomination form for the 11th general election. On Sunday, he was abducted from the front of a hotel in the Bijoynagar area.

Also Read- Abducted Jessore BNP leader’s body found in Buriganga River

On Wednesday evening, a body was found in the South Keraniganj area of the Buriganga River.

Later on Thursday, the Keraniganj police station posted about the body on Facebook. The post included a picture and described the scene of a man lying on top of a boat; the police also provided two mobile phone numbers for anyone with information about the individual to call.

Many saw the photo online and Jessore’s BNP leaders and activists thought that it was Abu’s body. The news spread quickly in Jessore and Dhaka.

When asked, BNP Jessore District Secretary General Syed Saberul Haque Sabu said: “Abu went missing on Sunday or Monday, but we are not sure whether the body found in the river is his.”

Abu held the post of Keshabpur upazila BNP for almost 22 years. He was unmarried.

At the program, the CEC also talked about the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

“The decision on using EVMs will be taken on Saturday,” the CEC said.

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