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Police: Shamim, who died during BNP rally, not Jubo Dal activist

  • He died on Saturday
  • No visible injuries on deceased's body
Update : 29 Oct 2023, 03:06 PM

The father of Shamim Mia, who died during the BNP rally in Nayapaltan, has informed the police that his son was not affiliated with the Jubo Dal. 

Shamim worked as a driver for a doctor, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) revealed the information on Sunday.

According to the victim's father, Shamim was just passing through in front of the police hospital when BNP leaders and activists attacked the police on Saturday afternoon. Shamim had a stroke and collapsed on the road. He then fell under the feet of the BNP leaders and activists who were attacking the police. Some people rescued him and took him to Rajarbagh Central Police Hospital (CPH), where doctors decleared him dead.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Md Rezaul Haider, director of the police hospital, said that there were no visible injuries on the deceased's body. It is believed that he died of a cardiac arrest.

The DMP reported that the BNP had requested permission to hold a large-scale rally in the capital on Saturday to address various demands. Police granted conditional permission to hold the rally in front of BNP's central office in Nayapaltan. However, the leaders and activists of the party, who had received permission to conduct a peaceful rally in the capital, engaged in an attack on law enforcement agencies.

BNP's unruly leaders and activists threw bricks and stones at the policemen on duty like rain and beat them with sticks. A policeman was hacked to death. 

More than 100 policemen are undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital and Rajarbagh Central Police Hospital.

Furthermore, they vandalized the Chief Justice's residence, set fire to the Kakrail police box. They also set fire to the vehicles kept in front of the Institute of Diploma Engineers Bangladesh (IDEB) and vandalized vehicles used by the police. Some government establishment were also set on fire.

Furthermore, BNP's leaders and activists did not stop at attacking the police. They set fire to 26 vehicles, including an ambulance from Rajarbagh Central Police Hospital. On Saturday, BNP leaders and activists vandalized and set fire to more than 100 vehicles in different parts of Dhaka city.

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