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Another minor falls victim to Jamaat-Shibir terror

Update : 13 Dec 2013, 08:28 PM

Before he realised what was happening a hail of rubber bullets knocked Shanto down to the ground.

He was lying on chest unconscious pressing his mouth against the cobbled street.

Dripping blood soaked his off-white T-shirt before he was whisked away to hospital yesterday.

Nine-year-old Shanto Islam along with his younger brother Shawon Islam was going back to their aunt’s house in Fakirapool area after serving lunch to their father at his shop at Kamalapur Railway Station.

Shanto fell in the line of fire during a street skirmish between Jamaat-Shibir activists and police as soon as his brother and he reached Fakirapool Intersection in the capital.

Shanto’s brother Shawon, however, managed to escape unscathed as he manoeuvred himself into a nearby shop.

Shanto, a Class III student of Rupganj Agarpar Government Primary School, came to his aunt’s house four days back from Munshiganj with his mother Asma Begum to see for themselves the new shop of his father. His father rented the shop only a week ago.

The boy is now undergoing treatment in the child ward of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH). His mother was crying hysterically on the floor just beside her son blaming her husband and cursing her fate.

“Please save my son. I will never forgive you,” she was flying into a rage and crying uncontrollably.

Just next to the gate of the emergency ward, Mohammad Sobhan Howladar, the father of the victim, was found crying silently with tears in his eyes.

“My son is suffering from excruciating pain; I do not know what to do,” said the helpless father.

Like Shanto 12 others are also suffering from bullet injury at the DMCH. Among others, Amena Begum, 20, wife of Raju Mia, received bullet injury to her two eyes in Rampura area. She was on her way home.

The on-duty doctors fear that her eyes might have been severely damaged and for that reason they transferred Amena to National Institute of Eye after giving her primary aid.

Garment worker, Forhad Hossain, 40, son of Mobarak Hossain sustained bullet wounds to his back, Rina, 30, wife of Harun-or-Rashid, received bullet injury to her head and hand, Mohammad Farid, 26, a cloth trader, to his right leg.

Apart from them Atiar, 28, son of Aziz Bepari, Kibria, 18, a staff of Mama-Bhagina Hotel and the manager of the hotel, Oli, 50,  Shibli Sadek, 28, a daily worker, also sustained bullet wounds in Rampura area.

Besides, Shibir cadres beat up Babu, a driver of Great Bikrampur Paribahan, and on-duty traffic constable Jakir Hossain, 45, at Fatulla in Narayanganj. Jakir is now undergoing treatment at Rajarbagh Police Line Hospital.

Two Jamaat-e-Islami activists are also suffering from wounds at hospital. They are Shahidul Haque, 24, and Roman, 25.

All of them received rubber bullets, said Ashrafuzzaman, residential surgeon of the emergency unit of the DMCH.

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