Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) on Sunday urged the government to form a judicial inquiry commission to investigate all the incidents of killing in “gunfights,” including that of Teknaf Municipality councillor Ekramul Haque.
In a statement, the right body also demanded the government ensure the safety of Ekram’s family.
Referring to the audio clips containing the recorded conversations between Ekram and his daughter and wife before and when he was shot dead by security forces, ASK said the incident created panic among people over “planned killings” by law enforcement agencies in the name of “gunfight.”
The statement termed “regrettable” the remark of the government higher-ups that “one or two mistakes may occur” during such a drive.
ASK said the impact of such incidents was far-reaching and called for immediately stopping the “gunfights” in the name of the ongoing anti-narcotics drive.
It said: "To eradicate any kind of crime from society, the state must take a tough position, but extrajudicial killings in the name of crime elimination can never be justified."
Ekram, an upazila-level leader of ruling Awami League, was killed in a reported firefight with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel in Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar on May 26.
RAB claimed he was involved in drug dealing.
Refuting their claim and pointing to the audio clips as evidence, his wife Ayesha Begum alleged that Ekram had been killed in cold blood, not in any gunfight as the anti-crime task force claimed.