The paramilitary force says he was carrying narcotics, but his family refutes the allegation
A man died after he reportedly bumped into a tree, while trying to escape a chase by some members of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in the Hili area of Dinajpur.
The paramilitary force claimed that the victim, Asaduzzaman who was a fish and a chicken farm owner, was carrying narcotics, which is why he was being chased.
But the deceased’s family said he went to Boaldar Bridge in the bordering area of Hili around 2:30 on Tuesday to buy some poultry medicines.
A BGB member named Khalid, who was injured in the incident, said they had been informed secretly that Asaduzzaman was carrying some contraband drugs.
“As we tried to intercept him by signalling the motorbike he was riding, Asaduzzaman tried to run away. So, we had to chase him on a motorbike,” he said.
“We finally managed to stop him—but he knocked me over before bumping into a tree, got up and tried to run further,” he recalled.
Asaduzzaman, he said, was immediately recovered from the scene and taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.
“We also seized 18 bottles of phensidyl from his possession at that time,” concluded the BGB member, who was rushed to the same hospital.
The victim’s brother-in-law Al Amin said they first heard that Asaduzzaman had had a road crash.
“But reaching the hospital, we came to know that he just expired after skidding off the motorbike, following a chase by the BGB men,” he said.
“He [Asaduzzaman] went there to buy medicine for the chicken in his farm. Never did he consume or trade in narcotics,” Amin said.
He claimed that BGB was creating pressure on them over the death.
Touhidul Islam, the doctor who checked Asaduzzaman, said the latter was brought unconscious.
“His ears were bleeding. The patient finally died immediately after primary treatment,” he said.
Confirming the death, Hakimpur police station’s Officer-in-Charge Ferdous Wahid said legal action would be taken upon complaints by any or both sides in this connection.