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One year on, no progress on Ekramul murder investigation

  • Published at 10:32 pm May 25th, 2019
Deceased Teknaf Municipality councillor Ekramul Haque’s wife Ayesha Begum reading her written statement at a press conference in Cox’s Bazar Press Club on Thursday. Left, a file photo of EkramulAbdul Aziz
File Photo: Deceased Teknaf Municipality councillor Ekramul Haque’s wife Ayesha Begum reading her written statement at a press conference in Cox’s Bazar Press Club on Thursday. Left, a file photo of Ekramul Abdul Aziz/Dhaka Tribune

Family awaits meeting with the prime minister

A year since Teknaf Municipality Councillor Ekramul Haque's death in a "gunfight" with security officials, no progress has yet been made into the investigation, despite assurances from the government.

Ekramul, an upazila-level leader of the ruling Awami League, was killed in an alleged shootout during an anti-narcotics drive in Cox's Bazar exactly a year ago from today.

The family of the former Awami League leader gave several audio clips to journalists that recorded sounds of gunfire and the groans of a dying man, prompting human rights activists to question the method and legality of the anti-narcotics drive.

Just after Ekramul's death, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan informed the media that a magistrate would be tasked with investigating the killing and those responsible for his death would be brought to book if the magistrate found any evidence of wrongdoing.

Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, the home minister yesterday said he was yet to receive an investigation report on the incident.

He said: “The investigation is still ongoing. Usually we do receive reports from magistrates after the investigation is over, but I have not received one yet. We can comment further once the investigation is complete.”

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman, Kazi Reazul Hoque, and Awami League General Secretary, Obaidul Quader, also promised a fair trial, but Ekramul's family is still waiting for that.

Ekramul's brother, Ashraful Islam, said their last hope was to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and ask her to intervene so their family could have justice.

Dhaka Tribune could not reach Ekramul's wife Ayesha Begum for comment.

Cox's Bazar Additional Superintendent of Police, Md Iqbal Hossain, said he was not aware of the investigation into the incident, adding: “I was not here when the incident took place. As far as I know, no case has been filed by Ekramul's family. 

"The cases filed by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) are possibly ongoing and I am trying to get more details,” Iqbal added.