Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Killing of Dr Tutul in 'crossfire': Security beefed up in northern dists

Security has been beefed up at all vulnerable points and important installations in five northern districts, including Rajshahi, in the wake of the killing of Dr Tutul, chief of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (red flag), in 'crossfire' between the police and his accomplices in Naogaon on Sunday.

All police stations, outposts and camps in the division have been put on high alert, sources in Rajshahi divisional police said yesterday.

The sources said that the operatives of outlawed parties see Tutul's death as a blow to their two decade-old underground 'armed struggle for socialism'.

The law-enforcement agencies, including the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), have also intensified their combing operations to track down the listed outlawed party operatives.

Tutul, a physician-turned-outlaw, was also known by the names 'Rafiqul', 'Masum', 'Masud', 'Milon' and 'Dadabhai'. He was killed in 'crossfire' between the police and his comrades in Raninagar upazila of Naogaon early Sunday.

However, the family of Dr Tutul rejected the claim of the police that he was killed in crossfire.

"We don't believe the story about Tutul's death the police is telling to the media," Tutul's cousin Shahidul Islam told reporters at Naogaon Sadar Hospital.

Tutul's uncle Saifuddin and two other cousins Kazi Kamal Ahmed and Shafikul Islam came to the hospital to receive his body.

They said that they had received information on Saturday that Rab members arrested Tutul from Uttara in Dhaka on Friday night.

On Saturday night, Tutul's mother Novera Khatun had also appealed to the government to save the life of her son and try him in accordance with the law of the land.

According to the police, Tutul had unleashed a reign of terror in Rajshahi division and in many southern districts by killing a number of politicians and policemen.

He had camped at Randhunibari village months before the attack on Randhunibari Police Station in Sirajganj in 2002.

Our correspondent from Jhinaidah adds: Namaz-e-janaza for Tutul was held on the Court Madrasa premises and at Kotchandpur yesterday morning and he was buried at his home village at Elangi amid tight security.

Many unknown people, even some from Dhaka and from across the country, attended his janaza.

Policemen were deployed around his graveyard, local police said.

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