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AL MP sued for murder

Edit Date:8/18/2010 12:00:00 AM


Ruling Awami League lawmaker Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shaon was sued on Wednesday on charges of killing Juba League leader Ibrahim Ahmed in the capital on Friday evening.
   Ibrahim, an Awami League ward 56 unit activist who was an aspirant for the position of councillor in the forthcoming Dhaka City Corporation polls, was brought dead to Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Friday night. His widow Rina Akhter suspected her husband had been murdered.
   The victim’s brother Masum Ahmed filed the case with a Dhaka court accusing the lawmaker, seven others and some eight to 10 unnamed people of killing his brother.
   In the case statement, the plaintiff alleged all the accused were involved in the ‘pre-mediated murder’ of his brother.
   After hearing the plaintiff, the chief metropolitan magistrate, Mohammad Shahadat Hossain, took cognisance of the case and stayed the proceedings of the case till the submission of an inquiry report of the unnatural death case filed in connection with the killing with the Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police on Saturday.
   The court also asked the Detective Branch to submit a report on the progress in the investigation of the case.
   After filing the case, Masum said it was a ‘pre-meditated’ killing. ‘We have filed the case with the court as the police had refused to record any case against the lawmaker. We want a fair investigation of the killing.’
   After filing the case, the plaintiff’s lawyer Enamul Haque Khan said eight people, including the lawmaker, have been named accused in the case.
   ‘Eight people, including Nurunnabi Shaon, have been named accused in the case. A number of unnamed people have also been named accused,’ the lawyer said.
   The Detective Branch, meanwhile on Wednesday, interrogated three people, including Shaon’s personal secretary Mohammad Sohel and gunman Delwar Hossain, in this connection.
   Detective Branch assistant deputy commissioner Moniruzzaman said they had interrogated Shaon’s personal secretary and bodyguard in connection with Ibrahim’s killing. The police official, however, declined details in the interest of investigation.
   The police will further interrogate Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shaon in connection with Ibrahim’s killing in a day or two, sources said.
   Earlier on Tuesday, another member of the family told New Age they had asked the police to record a murder case against the lawmaker but the police refused to do so, saying that they would require government permission to record any case against a member of the parliament.
   Ibrahim’s family also alleged they were under pressure not to file a case against Shaon.
   The court on Wednesday allowed the police to examine the evidence such as fingerprints on the pistol and the car owned by Shaon which the police seized after Ibrahim’s death.
   The Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police officer-in-charge, Reaz Hossain, told New Age on Monday evening, ‘We have received a court permission to examine the pistol and the jeep seized from the lawmaker. We will submit the evidence to the Criminal Investigation Department soon,’ he said.
   The police also interrogated Kamal Hossain, who filed the case of unnatural death on Saturday with the Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police saying an accidental shot had killed Ibrahim when he was handling the lawmaker’s pistol.
   Shaon’s bodyguard Delwar Hossain and associate Mohammad Jewel were also interrogated by the police in connection with the accident, the officer-in-charge said.
   Shaon and his driver Kamal could not be reached for comments despite several attempts.
   Ibrahim’s widow Rina on Saturday said her husband had gone to the house of Nurunnabi on Friday afternoon for iftar. He was then brought dead to the hospital at night. She suspected that he had been murdered.
   Ibrahim’s brother said he was an activist of Ward 56 unit Awami League and was planning to contest the forthcoming Dhaka City Corporation polls for the position of councillor.


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