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Baghaichhari probe committee says the attack was premeditated

  • Published at 12:41 am March 22nd, 2019
Rangamati attack
A member of the probe committee formed to investigate the Rangamati attack visits one of the victims at a local hospital on Thursday Kamrul Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Govt to carry all treatment expenses of the victims

The government committee investigating the seven murders in Rangamati’s Baghaichhari said the incident was planned. 

The seven-member probe committee visited the place of occurrence on Thursday and later visited the wounded victims, admitted at the Baghaichhari Upazila Health Complex. 

They later took statements through a meeting with the polling officers, drivers of  three chander gari (local transport) who also came under attack on Monday evening and from the victims’ family.

They assured the injured and victims and their family members that the government will carry the expense of the treatment and all the families will be provided with get due compensation.

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Additional Secretary Dipak Chakrabarty, also the head of the probe team while speaking to the the media, family members and locals of Baghaichhari, said: “The committee has been formed to uncover the motive behind the killings and armed assaults and to make recommendations so that no such incidents can take place in future.” 

When asked about the motive of the attack, he said a meeting at Rangamati took place with the concerned people and they are trying to identify the main reason. 

“The committee was given 10 working days to submit their report and several important tasks are yet to be done,” Dipak said, adding that they are not in a position to make any comprehensive comment or investigation.

But they are assuming that the attackers were waiting in the hills for the convoy to pass by and opened fire from close range.

On Monday evening, six polling officials and a candidate’s agent were killed, and at least 29 others were injured in the attack.