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Shahidul complains of RAB threat

Update : 15 May 2014, 08:15 PM

Father-in-law of slain Narayanganj panel mayor Nazrul Islam alleged that he was receiving threats from Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) as he has been continuously blaming the elite force for the seven murders.

“There is nobody except me in the country who is talking against the RAB. I fear that RAB can kill me,” he said adding that he is now 70 and suffering complications from old-age. “If they (RAB) decide to kill me in a crossfire I can’t not avoid my fate,” he said.

“Now, I am fearing for my life,” Shahidul Islam was talking with the reporters after giving his deposition before a government-formed probe body at Narayanganj Circuit House yesterday on the second day of the mass hearing.

Shahidul, however, did not elaborate the claim when reporters inquired about the threat.

He was asked if he was satisfied about the progress of the investigation, he replied with a smile: “I am happy.”

“If robbers storm into your house, loot everything and at gun-point ask you if you are happy, then you should smile and say yes to save life,” he explained.

Shahidul came to the limelight by alleging that RAB men abducted Nazrul and six others on April 27 in exchange for Tk6 crore. Since he made the statement he had been claiming to feel  a deep sense of insecurity and panic.

Yesterday, he repeated the fear and said, as police is yet to arrest the prime accused Nur, locals are scared of giving depositions against him. He, however, threatened to wage a movement if the sacked three RAB officials are not arrested in two or three days.

“Till then we will remain calm as the prime minister assured us of proper investigation and justice,” he said.

Meanwhile, Abdus Salam, younger brother of Nazrul, said they would wait even for a month to see that the main accused has been arrested.

The seven-member probe body formed in line with a High Court order started recording the deposition around 10am and finished around 4pm. 

Only six people went to give deposition on the first day of the mass hearing on May 12. That day probe committee members claimed that people were not coming because of media presence.Yesterday no journalist was allowed to enter the Circuit House premises.

After giving deposition a brother-in-law of Nazrul, Mohiuddin Mollah, said the committee asked two common questions – if the members of the RAB-11 were involved in the abduction and murder and how he knows about that and if Nur Hossain was involved.

“I told them that RAB was definitely involved,” Mohiuddin said.

On May 10, the committee headed by MdShahjahan Ali Mollah recorded statements of family members and relatives of the seven victims.

On April 27, seven people – Nazrul Islam and his four associates and senior lawyer Chandan Sarker and his driver – were kidnapped from the Dhaka-Narayanganj Link Road. Six bodies were found in the Shitalakkhya River three days later and another the next day.

Meanwhile, the probe body has decided to hold another public hearing on the abduction and killing on May 17.

The hearing will be held at Shiddhirganj Power Plant in Narayanganj instead of the district’s Circuit House, the committee chief, MdShahjahan, announced at a press briefing. He said that 36 people gave deposition till 2pm and 20 were on the waiting list. 

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