Thursday, May 7, 2009

JMB torture victim sues 34 in Bagmara; Smugglers loot arms from Rab men, Later found abandoned

Thursday, May 7, 2009

M Manik, a torture victim of Bangla Bhai-led outlawed organisation, of Bagmara upazila yesterday filed a case with a Rajshahi court against 34 people including Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) adviser Lutfar Rahman.

The accused include Mahtab Khamaru, Bipul Ahmed, Mofazzal and Aynal Darji, close associates of the executed JMB leader Siddikul Islam Bangla Bhai.

Other accused include alleged JMB militants Kalimuddin, Siddik, Aynul, Razzak, Jalil, Abdul Majid, Zaidul and Sayeedur.

The third Rajshahi court of judicial magistrate Asafuddoula recorded the case and directed the officer-in-charge of Bagmara Police Station to investigate into the matter and take legal actions, said Manik's lawyer Shamsunnahar Mukti.

The plaintiff in his case alleged that the accused people abducted him from his house in Jhikra on April 6, 2004. He was just an SSC candidate then.

They tortured him for several days at the JMB camp set up at Ramzan Kaya's house in Hamirkutsa village. The JMB militants extorted Tk 50,000 ransom for his release.

Manik in his case statement explained that he delayed in filing the case for lack of congenial environment and threats from the cohorts of Bangla Bhai.


Sunday, May 3, 2009

Smugglers loot arms from Rab men; Later found abandoned

Organised smugglers swooped on two members of Rapid Action Battalion-5 (Rab) and looted their service pistols with 16 bullets at Tangon in Charghat upazila yesterday.

Senior officials of Rab and police rushed to the scene and recovered the 7.62 bore pistols abandoned, one in Charghat and another in Matia areas around 11:00pm.

The injured Rab members--Yunus Ali, 35, and M Shahinul Islam, 32--were given first aid at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH).

The incident took place around 7:30pm when a team of four plain-clothes Rab members, parted in two pairs, were patrolling at the scene close to the border and challenged a phensidyl dealer.

Rab and police separately held several people for interrogation.


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