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Jamaat leader ‘found dead’ in Lakshmipur; Rab blamed

Update : 14 Dec 2013, 07:41 PM

The nayeb-e-ameer (vice-president) of Lakshmipur district unit of Jamaat-e-Islami was “found dead” early yesterday following a combined raid by Rab and police on his residence.

Family members of victim Fayez Ahmed claimed that he had been shot dead by the Rab personnel. On the other hand, Rab claimed that Fayez had slipped off the roof and fell down while trying to escape arrest.

Doctors at Lakshmipur Sadar Hospital where the body was taken by “unknown men” said  after conducting an autopsy, they had found no bullet injuries to his body.

Widow Marzia Begum said a group of people, identifying themselves as Rab personnel, forced their way into their South Temuhoni house. They took Fayez to the rooftop forcefully and shot him in the head. Later, they tossed him from the rooftop.

“They were also looking for my younger son Belal too but could not find him. Later, we heard that some people took the body in a car to the hospital around 2am.”

A Rab official, who was present during the drive, requesting anonymity said they had gone to arrest Fayez and his son as they were involved in recent violence in the down.

“The Jamaat leader, who is a doctor, owns a private hospital where the Jamaat-Shibir men injured in clashes receive treatment. He financed the violence and led the marauding men. His son Belal is a Shibir cadre,” he said.

“After we raided the house, Belal fled through a window but healthier Fayez failed to do so. He ran to the rooftop and jumped onto the adjacent building. Missed, he fell down on the ground,” the Rab official claimed.

On Thursday, five people were killed and many injured in clashes. Contacted, Resident Medical Officer Abul Fayez Bhuiya of Sadar Hospital said they formed a twelve-member medical team to perform the autopsy of Fayez in the morning.  

Meanwhile, the activists of Jamaat and its student wing, Islami Chhatra Shibir, brought out several processions in Mandari, Zoksin, Battoli, Hazaripara and Chandraganj Bazar areas of the upazila protesting the “killing” as soon as the news spread.

The party men also put barricades on Laxmipur-Choumuhani road felling over one hundred roadside trees in those areas. A tense situation was prevailing in the town following death of the Jamaat leader.

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