Victim families called for Justice , Indiscriminate state terror continues unabated

Dhaka: The family members of the victim of extra judicial killing in Bangladesh by various security forces have appealed to the International Criminal Court to take intiative to secure justice for the victims. Extrajudicial executions in police custody in the name of “crossfire” or “gunfight” killings have seen a spike in recent weeks. More than 29 opposition people, mostly students, have been killed in this manner since January 5 2015. Statements were sent to the ICC from the victims family seeking justice for their loved one.

A total of 30 victims family wrote to the ICC seeking justice for the indiscriminate murder of their children by the Bangladeshi security forces in a bid to cull current anti governmnet protest.

One of them is Saleha Begum, Motherof Saqibul Islam.  He was studying in BA (Honors) – 2nd Year at University of Chittagong.  Sakib was arrested on the way to his home. He was brutally tortured in custody, and then sent to hospital. When his situation deteriorated, he was transferred to the Apollo Hospital at Dhaka, where he breathed his last on 28th January, 2015. According to Saleha, her son was not involved in any kinds of anti-sate activity. He was a peaceful young man with an aspiration for a better life. Saleha appealed to the Internation Criminal Court to ensure justice for her son, who was a victim of extra judicial killing by Bangladeshi police force.


Like Saleha many others families also wrote to the ICC.

Md Emdadullah was picked up from his home before being killed. Md Emdadullah was a 23 years old young man. He was a student of Honors (2nd Year) at Dhaka College. He was picked up from his residence by police on 30th January, as informed by those who witnessed. After a brutal night in the custody, he was killed on 31st January, 2015 at midnight. His dead body was found around the Beribadh area of Rupnagar, Mirpur.

DB arrested Md Shahabuddin Patwary: He was a student of Honors final year at the Sociology department of Comilla Victoria College. He was arrested by Detective Branch (DB) from our home at Chouddagram, Comilla in the afternoon of February 5, 2015. Then, he went missing. We couldn’t find any trace of him. His dead body was found the very next day (February 6) at the mortuary of Comilla Medical College Hospital.

Md Shahabuddin’s limbs were severed by bullets: Shahbuddin was a student of Crop Sciences Department of the University of Rajshahi. He was arrested on the night of 5th February, 2015 from Katakhali area of Rajshahi. Later on, Police brought his dead body at the Rajshahi Medical College Hospital. He was brutally tortured and shot multiple times from close range. His limbs were disfigured due to the inhumane torture.

Jasim Uddin Hawladar was arrested on his way home: Md. Jasim Uddin Hawlader (23) was sixth son of Abdur Razzaq Hawlader. Being a student of Kazipara Siddiquia Fazil Madrasah, he had just appeared in the Fazil final exam and was waiting for his result. He had outstanding academic results in his previous exams. Police arrested him while returning to his residence on February 07, 2015.   Later on he had been killed in cold blood by members of law enforcing agencies under so called “crossfire” at night in Aagargaon, Taltala. His dead body was found in the Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue.

Crossfire, gunfights and shooting of innocent people are nothing new. However, such extra-judicial killings gained a new dimension after the BNP-led 20 party alliance launched the latest spate of demonstration — continuous blockade and occasional hartal – since 6 January.

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