The victim's family claims police shot him; police claims they rescued him
A leader of Jubo League’s Jessore unit has been shot by unidentified assailants at his residence in Jessore.
The incident took place in Shashtitala Para area of Jessore city around 2:30am on Monday.
The victim’s family claim that plainclothes policemen picked up Mehbub Rahman Mansel, 30—a joint convener of Jessore Jubo League—from his room and shot him in the leg.
However, police said that they rushed to the spot acting on a tip-off about a shootout between two groups of people and rescued Mansel, who had been shot, by taking him to hospital.
Mansel’s father, Mohammad Almas, said: “He [Mansel] was sleeping in his room when a team of policemen in plainclothes surrounded the house around 2:30am. Then they brought Mansel from his room to the roof of the house and we heard a gunshot.”
“All of our family members were locked in the house and could not access the site. Later we discovered that Mansel has been shot in the leg, as we reached the hospital,” he added.
Hasan Imam Lal, the victim’s distant uncle—and also Jessore city unit Awami League’s acting general secretary— recounted the story in a similar manner.
When contacted, Jessore District Unit Jubo League Organizing Secretary Moinuddin Mithu said: “Mansel was sick as he had previously suffered a stroke. The right side of his body had been paralyzed from the stroke and he had been staying in his room for most of the time.”
“A few identified masked terrorists also joined policemen and together established a reign of terror in the Shashtitala Para area last night,” he added.
Abdur Rauf, an orthopedic surgeon of Jessore General Hospital, said: “The victim has suffered terrible blood loss from the bullet-wound and he needs to be taken to a hospital in Dhaka for better treatment.”
When asked, Jessore Kotwali Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Apurba Hasan said: “We received information about a shootout around 2am. We rushed to the spot and rescued Mansel, who had been shot, and admitted him to hospital.”
Police also seized three foreign pistols and 12 rounds of bullets from the spot, the OC added.
Previously, on Sunday night, unidentified miscreants set off about 12 improvised bombs at six separate points of Jessore city.
However, no one was reported to have been injured in the series of explosions.