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Judicial probe requested in Gaibandha’s Abidio death case

  • Published at 12:07 pm April 9th, 2019
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A Judicial Magistrate has set June 12 for the next hearing

The brother of deceased assistant commissioner Abidio Mardi has requested a judicial probe against 13 people—including ex-MP Abul Kalam Azad—over Abido’s death in Gaibandha.

The then-government official, Abidio, died in an alleged road accident in 2014; but, his brother Samson Mardi submitted a statement before the Gobindaganj Senior Judicial Magistrate Court on Monday, claiming Abidio was murdered.

Judicial Magistrate Hakim Partha Bhadra took cognizance of the statement, and set June 12 for the next hearing.

In the case filed over Abidio’s death, the then-Gaibandha 4 (Gobindaganj) constituency lawmaker Abul Kalam Azad was named the prime accused.

Some of the other major accused named in the case are: the then-Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) director general, ex-superintendent of police in Gaibandha, officer-in-charge of Detective Branch, and the investigation officer (IO) of the case.

A total of 13 people were accused in the case.

Confirming the matter to the Dhaka Tribune, Gobindaganj court’s Assistant Public Prosecutor (APP) Advocate Mizanur Rahman said: “Abidio Mardi was heading towards his workplace in Gobindaganj, from his native home in Naogaon, on a motorcycle on January 11, 2014.

“A CNG-driven three-wheeler hit Abidio from behind, causing him to crash and die on the spot on the Dinajpur-Gobindaganj regional highway. His wife, Shefali, filed a case against the CNG driver, Sanowar Hossain, on January 14.”

The APP continued: “A charge sheet was filed before a court accusing Sanowar on January 11, 2015. However, the plaintiff Shefali Begum raised an objection, claiming Abidio was murdered in cold blood.

“Shefali claimed that her husband was strangled to death, and then his body was dumped on the highway. She also accused the officials concerned, including the case IO, of conspiracy. The case proceedings are still under way.”

Quoting Abido’s brother, Samson Mardi, Advocate Mizanur Rahman added: “Samson suspects that Abidio became a victim of an ongoing land feud, and the then-lawmaker Abul Kalam Azad reportedly conspired to have him killed. 

Responding to query, ex-lawmaker Abul Kalam Azad firmly denied the allegations of murder against him, and claimed the case was filed under false pretences to harass him politically.