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Ex-upazila chairman’s home demolished in Teknaf

  • Published at 03:43 pm June 28th, 2019
Ex-upazila chairman’s home demolished in Teknaf
The photo shows the demolished house of former upazila chairman Zafar Ahmed in Teknaf Dhaka Tribune

Police do not yet know who was responsible for the incident

The home of former upazila chairman of Teknaf, Zafar Ahmed, has been razed.

The incident occurred in the upazila’s Lengurbeel neighborhood in the early hours of Thursday morning. According to reports, no one was available for comment as to who might have been responsible for the incident.

Meanwhile, Teknaf police have brushed aside all allegations against them over the incident that have been made by the family members of Abdul Aziz. 

Teknaf police station’s Officer-in-Charge (OC) Pradip Kumar confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune. 

He said: “The police are still in the dark about the individuals responsible for the incident. Additionally, family members of the former UP chairman have not filed a complaints with the police.”

OC Pradip said the former UP chairman is said to have been listed as a yaba trader by the Ministry of Home Affairs. His name appeared in different law enforcement agencies’ data bases as a drug trafficker.

According to reports, the home of the former UP chairman has been vandalized indiscriminately. Boundary walls and the front gate have been knocked down; while doors, windows, and furniture have been destroyed.

No one was there inside the house during the destruction.

However, residents of Lengurbeel village told the Dhaka Tribune correspondent that family members of Zafar Ahmed have been on the run since government authorities began a crackdown on yaba traders in Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar. 

Currently, Zafar Ahmed’s luxury mansion is empty; no one lives there. 

The former UP Chairman was once a BNP loyalist involved in politics. He had been the BNP president of Teknaf municipality till 2008. 

In the later years, under the guidance of Abdur Rahman Badi—the-then Awami League MP from Cox's Bazar 4 constituency—Zafar Ahmed joined Awami League. 

Subsequently, he rose to the occasion to become an elected representative with the support from Abdur Rahman Badi.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Rashed, son of former UP Chairman Zafar Ahmed, insists rather emphatically saying that: “Teknaf police bulldozed their home to the ground in middle of night.”