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Man beaten after reportedly pointing gun at DU students in Shahbagh

  • Published at 05:49 pm January 15th, 2020
Man Beaten  Alif Rusdi Hasan Moon
A woman was seen trying to protect the man from the beating in hands of agitated students at Shahbagh in Dhaka on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

A sticker of Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club was also found pasted in the front glass of Alif's car

Police have held a man with a firearm after he was beaten up by Dhaka University (DU) students following an altercation in Dhaka's Shahbagh area.

"During the Shahbagh intersection blockade program, one man driving a black Toyota Allion came out of the car and demanded that his car be allowed to pass through. When the students refused, he pulled out a pistol and aimed it at the students," Kanjilal, cultural secretary of Jagannath Hall union told Dhaka Tribune.

“I saw him aiming the gun on a fellow student. This enraged the protesting students and they started beating him," he added. 

Photo shows the firearm in the man's hand in Shahbagh on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Later, police intervened and rescued the man, also recovering a licensed shotgun from his car.

The man, Alif Rusdi Hasan Moon, 36, was taken to Shahbagh police station along with his wife and sister-in-law who got off from the car to rescue him. 

Deputy Commissioner HM Azimul Haque of the DMP Ramna Division told journalists: “We have heard about the allegations raised by the students. We will investigate the issue. We recovered a licensed shot-gun from the car.”

Photos taken by Dhaka Tribune showed one of the students of Jagannath Hall took control of the alleged pistol during the altercation and ran away.

Police rush to the scene to protect the man from the mob beating at Shahbagh on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

An inspector-level official of Shahbagh police station informed Dhaka Tribune that the protesting students had handed over the pistol which Alif allegedly used during the scuffle.

A Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club sticker was also found pasted in the front glass of Alif's car. The car’s both side-mirrors were vandalized by the agitators.

Shahbagh police station OC Abul Hasan told Dhaka Tribune: “The man told us that he is involved in the manpower business.”

Later, police took the car to Shahbagh police station, with two unknown children sitting inside it.