Journalist Shot Dead In Bangladesh

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Dhaka: A people representative of the ruling Awami League has shot dead a journalist named Abdul Hakim Shimul in front of police in Bangladesh’s northern district Sirajganj. The deceased Shimul was a local correspondent of country’s one of the top daily.

Additional Police Super Abul Hasnat said two section of local Awami League locked into a clash when one section cordoned off Mayor Miru’s house on allegation of beating the president of Shahjadpur Government College Chatra League Bijoy Mahmud on Thursday.

National daily Samakal’s local correspondent Shimul was hit by a bullet while covering the clash and died while undergoing treatment. Additional SP Hasnat said police rushed to the scene immediately after the clash erupted to maintain law and order.

“I was there on the spot. The mayor opened fire ignoring my repeated requests. Only the mayor fired, no one else did. He fired several times,” Abul Hasnat said.

The officer also said, 43 rounds of bullet and 6 empty cartridges have been recovered from the mayor’s house after the incident. Drive is on at different places to arrest Mayor Miru since Friday night and he can be arrested soon, he added.

Meanwhile, tension is intensifying in the small municipal town since the incident. Different organization chalked out protest rally against the mayor. Journalists have demonstrated agitation across the country including the capital Dhaka protesting the killing of Shimul.

Shimul’s wife Nurunnahar Begum filed a case accusing 18 people for the killing. Investigation officer of the case Sub-Inspector Kamal Debnath said besides investigation, police have detained three persons so far. They are the mayor’s brothers, Hafizul Haque Pintu and Habibul Haque Mintu, and Upazila Awami League leader KM Nasuruddin. Officer in charge of Shahzadpur police station Rezaul said the mayor’s shotgun has been seized already.