'If this guideline is followed by the law enforcers, no one will be victim of extrajudicial killing'
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque on Sunday demanded proper investigation into the killing of Teknaf municipality councillor Ekramul Haque, who was killed in a reported gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB).
He made the demand while visiting the residence of slain Ekramul at Kaubkhalipara of Teknaf upazila in the afternoon.
The NHRC chief talked to and consoled Ekramul's mother Hafeza Khatun, who demanded justice for her son.
In reply, Reazul said they demanded that the government investigate the incident through a magistrate.
Six days after Ekramul, also an upazila-level leader of the ruling Awami League, was killed, his wife Ayesha Begum held a press conference in Cox’s Bazar, where she claimed that her husband was killed in cold blood, not in a gunfight as the security forces claimed.
She wanted a fair investigation into the killing of her husband and intervention of the prime minister in the matter so on one has to their dear ones in such “unjust actions.”
Ayesha also gave reporters a total of four audio clips that recorded terrifying conversations between Ekramul, his wife and one of their daughters before he died in a hail of bullets.
The audio recorded on a mobile phone also captured sounds of gunfire and groans of a dying man. Ayesha claimed that the conversations were recorded when Ekramul was brutally shot dead.
Kazi Reazul Hoque also underscored the need for following existing laws while conducting any drive.
"The government will surely try to arrest suspects but the list of the suspects must be accurate. Operations should be conducted after proper scrutiny."
The NHRC chairman also said the government must ensure that people were not killed unlawfully. "We have repeatedly asked the government and the Home Ministry to ensure it," he said.
He said the NHRC was formulating a guideline for conducting anti-narcotic drives. "If this guideline is followed by the law enforcers, no one will be victim of extrajudicial killing."
NHRC Member Md Nazrul Isram, Teknaf Upazila Nirbahi Officer Rabiul Hasan and Teknaf police station OC Ranjit Kumar Barua were also present.