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Man ‘fears for life’ after testifying for BGB in Thakurgaon shooting

  • Published at 11:25 pm April 20th, 2019
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A Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) official speaking with a local man in Haripur area of Thakurgaon, where two people were killed in a clash between BGB personnel and local residents on Tuesday; February 12, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Ziaur Rahman stood as witness in favour of BGB. Members of the paramilitary force were accused of killing three civilians, including a child, in Thakurgaon’s Haripur upazila

A man who testified in favour of Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) officials in the Thakurgaon shooting case claims to have been attacked by miscreants for doing so.

Ziaur Rahman stood as witness in favour of BGB. Members of the paramilitary force were accused of killing three civilians, including a child, in Thakurgaon’s Haripur upazila.

He is currently admitted at the Thakurgaon Sadar Hospital and handcuffed to his hospital bed. The police have arrested him.

Ziaur says he and his wife were both assaulted and their home ransacked. He fears for his life and the safety of his family.

“Sir, please, put me in jail. They will kill me if you do not,” he begged the commander of Thakurgaon BGB 50.

Lt Col SMN Samiullah Chowdhury, commander of Thakurgaon BGB 50, said: “Ziaur is a witness in the case. He is also aiding the BGB in preventing smuggling at the border. The attack on him is condemnable; we will take strict action against the culprits.”

Haripur police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Amurizzaman said: “We arrested Ziaur because there were two warrants in his name.

“If complaints are filed regarding any attack on him, we will take action accordingly.”

Ziaur says his home in the Jamun Moshandangi village of Haripur upazila was ransacked by miscreants on April 11 after a Thakurgaon court dismissed the three complaints filed by the families of villagers killed during a clash between alleged cattle smugglers and BGB.

That day, he fled from his own house with his family.

The next day heasked for a village arbitration, but claimed that his attackers were influential, so the arbiters were of no help.

“When my wife went to file a case at the Haripur police station, she was accosted, and I was severely beaten at home,” he claimed.

Neighbours and the police rescued Ziaur in a critical condition. He was admitted to Thakurgaon Sadar Hospital.

On February 12, three people, including a child, were killed and at least 16 others injured after BGB members opened fire during what the paramilitary force claimed was a clash with cattle smugglers. The incident took place at Bahrampur village in Thakurgaon’s Haripur upazila.

On February 14, the BGB filed two cases with Haripur police against more than 250 villagers over the clash. 

Later the families of the three villagers killed filed three complaints with the Thakurgaon Judicial Magistrate Court.

Ziaur was a witness in the case filed against BGB. His witness account favoured BGB.