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Mushtaq's death: Police file 'attempt to murder' case against activists

Published : Saturday, 27 February, 2021 at 7:04 PM  Count : 252

Police charging batons on an activist who brought out a procession in protest against death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed in jail.

Police charging batons on an activist who brought out a procession in protest against death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed in jail.

Seven activists of opposition left-leaning student organisations on Saturday were sent to jail by a Dhaka court in an "attempt to murder" case filed by police.

The arrested activists were Amjin Haider, 22, Nazib Amin Chowdhury, 27, Tanjimur Rahman, 22, Aquib Ahmed, 22, Arafat, 26, Najifa Jannat, 24 and Joyati Chakravarty, 23.

Police filed the case against them with Shahbagh police station on Friday midnight bringing allegation of "attempt to murder" them by the seven activists during their protest against the death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed in jail.

Later, police prayed for remand placing the arrested students before a court. The court later sent the students to jail.

The students were arrested by police at a procession organised in protest against the death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed in Kashimpur Jail.

At least 40 activists of Progressive Students Alliance sustained injuries when the police charged batons and lobbed teargas shells on their torch procession on Friday evening.

A number of the injured were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, said Rupok Ray, general secretary of the Dhaka city unit of Bangladesh Chhatra Federation.

The police charged batons on them at about 7:20pm when they reached in front of the public library, said Rupok.

The police also hurled tear gas in front of Dhaka University's central mosque to disperse the protesters.

The police detained the students at the procession and later Shahbagh police station sub-inspector Mintu Mia filed an assault case naming seven arrested students and 100 to 150 more unidentified students that night.

Sajjadur Rahman, deputy commissioner of Ramna Zone of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), told journalists that "we asked the activists to take U-turn when they approached the National Museum premises with a torch procession from the Teachers and Students Centre (TSC). Later, they swooped on police with the sticks of torch. Police dispersed them for self-defence. One of the left the place while the other group hurled brickbats on police, leaving 12 to 14 policemen injured."

When asked how the activists were injured, police official Sajjadur Rahman replied in negative. "We don't know how did they got injured. But, I think that they might have been injured by the brickbats hurled by themselves. Police just dispersed them by pushing. When they hurled brickbats, police just lobbed four to five teargas shells."

The arrested seven students were produced before metropolitan magistrate Morshed Alam Bhuiyan on Saturday with a seven-day remand prayer for each.

The court rejected the remand plea and fixed March 3 for bail hearing.

The court also instructed police to quiz the arrested at jail gate.

Protests raged around Dhaka over the death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed in Kashimpur Jail recently.

He was in jail over a case filed under Digital Security Act. The protestors termed the death murder and demanded an impartial investigation into the death.


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