JL man gets bail over shooting rickshaw-puller

Dhaka,  Monday,   2016-09-17
Published : 17 Sep 2016, 20:34:01

JL man gets bail over shooting rickshaw-puller

A Dhaka court granted bail to a Juba League leader who earlier allegedly shot and injured a rickshaw-puller in Banani area of Dhaka.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Golam Nabi issued the bail order on Saturday after plaintiff rickshaw-puller Kabir Uddin said he had no objection to the bail plea by accused Yusuf Sarder Sohel, Joint Convenor, Banani Juba League, reports bdnews24.com.

The court rejected a remand petition by police who wanted to quiz the accused in custody in a case over shooting incident at Dhaka's Banani area on Thursday night.

Media reports say Sohel reportedly shot Kabir in the leg with his licensed pistol at Road No. 2 in Banani close to Mohakhali area. He was apparently drunk at that time, according to reports.

The victim, Kabir, could not name the person who shot him but gave description of the gun-wielding man to the police which led to the arrest of Sohel on Friday.

Police said Sohel confessed to the shooting but said it was a 'misunderstanding'.

Banani Police Sub-Inspector Ripon Kumar produced Sohel before the court on Saturday and sought five days of remand to know more about the accused and the shooting incident. Sohel's lawyer filed a petition for his bail seeking cancellation of the remand petition.

Kabir, in a surprising move, told the court during hearing that he had no objection to Sohel's bail, according to Court Police Sub-Inspector Farid Mia.

Lawyers have expressed suspicion that the rickshaw-puller might have been coerced or bribed to speak in favour of the accused.

About the incident, the rickshaw-puller said one of the two passengers shot him in the leg at one stage of an altercation over fare. Locals took him to a hospital. Media reports suggest Sohel tried to describe it as a mugging incident. –RH
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