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Assassination of UP candidate: Election candidates, local leaders in list of accused

A case was filed Friday against 64 people in the murder case of the ex-UP member Rabindra Chandra Das of Hatia Upazila. Police have arrested two people in this incident.

The deceased’s son Bitel Das filed a case naming 44 individuals, including Ashraful Haque, an independent chairman candidate in the upcoming Char Ishwar Union election, Abul Halim Azad, chairman of the last Char Ishwar UP before it was dissolved to make way for the election; yet another chairman candidate, scores of others who are named, and 15/20 others unnamed.

Two accused in the case, Sumon Chandra Das, 40, of Char Ishwar Union’s #6 ward, and Amjad, 34, son of Anajal Haque of Gamcha Khali village in the same ward, were arrested on Thursday night.

Abul Khayer, Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Hatia Police Station, said operations to nab others accused continues.

Earlier, Rabindra Chandra Das was brutally murdered by a group that apprehended him on Nanda Road in the union The attackers intercepted him while he was on his way home by motorbike from Ochkhali in Hatia Upazila, which is where he runs his business at the local Bangla Bazar, late on Wednesday night – in fact, in the early hours of Thursday.

According to the statement of the solitary witness, Hatia upazila unit Sramik League president Al Amin, he and Rabindra Chandra Das were going to Ochhkhali in the upazila sadar Banglabazar by motorcycle around 2am on Thursday, after wrapping up the previous day’s business. There were four more people riding with them, a bit further behind on two motorcycles.

It was as they reached near the old house of Char Ishwar union’s chairman Abdul Halim Azad, that their motorcycle came under fire. This fact has been played up further by Al Amin claiming to have seen Azad’s son, and some local goons used by politicians as ‘muscle-power’, although he has not been very clear as to what their role might have been.

Azad himself claims to have been in the capital for this entire period, but his more compelling question seems to be why he would like to get rid of a young, up-and-coming AL politician, who no doubt could be an asset for him in the running of the UP, if they both were to win their respective elections. Das was not challenging him either: Azad is running for chairman, Das was on the ticket for councillor.

Source: United News of Bangladesh