Fakhrul seeks explanation over death in custody

Dhaka,  Tue,  30 May 2017
Published : 20 Mar 2017, 17:55:21
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Fakhrul seeks explanation over death in custody

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir urged home minister to explain the death of militant suspect Hanif Mridha in Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) custody.

Militant suspect’s family members and law enforcers are making contradictory remarks about detention, Fakhrul claims.

Speaking at a discussion, he also demanded the government carry out a proper investigation into the incident to reveal the fact, reports UNB.

The BNP leader further said, “We demand a clear explanation from the Home Minister to know which one is correct -- RAB’s explanation or family’s version. You must investigate the incident and make the fact public.”

National People’s Party (NPP), one of the components of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, arranged the programme at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU).

Fakhrul said if the statement of Hanif’s family comes out true then the country’s situation is very horrifying.

Earlier, RAB claimed that they detained Hanif on Friday afternoon near its Ashkona barrack as he was trying to run away from a restaurant after a suicide bomber blew himself up in the area.

The elite force also said Hanif was taken to Kurmitola General Hospital after he complained of chest pain at its camp where doctors declared him dead.

Hanif's wife Kulsum Begum on Sunday told journalists that detectives detained her husband on February 27 as he got down from a launch at a terminal near Kanchpur Bridge.
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