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Thursday, January 15, 2015, Magh 2, 1421, Robiul Awal 23, 1436 Hijr

Who shot Reaz Rahman?
Published : Thursday, 15 January, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 78

Observer Report
Mystery shrouds centering the 'surprised' gun-attack on bureaucrat-turned-politician Reaz Rahman last night.  
Rahman, former ambassador, state minister and currently Adviser to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia came under gun-attack by unknown miscreants and his car was torched in Gulshan area of the city when he was going back home after meeting Begum Zia, now staying at her personal party office.
'Temporarily out of danger', Reaz Rahman underwent a surgery on his bullet injury at the United Hospital where he was rushed after the mishap. Attending doctors said that CT and MRI scan has been made before he was operated upon. According to doctors he was hit at four spots in his body because of gun-shot by the miscreants. It was miracle that Rahman survived despite the offenders shot at him from very close distance.
Terming the incident as an 'ominous sign' in national politics, conscious circles opined that the administration  including the detective and intelligence agencies should make an all-out investigations into the matter to unearth the identities of the attackers and their motives. Many questions have surfaced following the attack on Rahman, who was otherwise, not so vigorous activist of the party so that he might have been the target of such gruesome happenings. It was not known whether he is a victim of any inter-party factions or feuds.
Some quarters believe that it should be properly investigated upon whether he might have been a victim of any deep rooted conspiracy to create some issues in the already turmoil and tense political situation in the country.    Criminologists have opined that    the way he was shot-at and injured seemed that   the attackers might be some 'expert elements' and it was also doubtful whether it was a 'killing attempt' or otherwise having different purposes.
After his admission into the hospital, the attending doctors told the reporters as their first impression that they found marks of wounds that were like the "entry points of something, which could be something like pellets". The way he was injured by pellets also has created suspicion if the target was  to kill him or otherwise create certain situation to catch fish in troubled waters.
Despite call of total blockade program by his BNP-led 20-party alliance, Rahman went to see his leader and came out from there for home in a car that was totally ablaze by the miscreants in the main road adjacent to  posh Hotel Westin. Immediately after the incident, the BNP-backed 20-party alliance called a 24-hour cross-country hartal beginning 6 a.m. on Thursday [today].
Promptly Begum Zia issued statement condemning the incident and blamed the government without verifying for the attackShe condemned the attack on her party leader but she did not condemned the killing and burning of people by her party and Jamaat's activists during hartals and blockades.   
Meanwhile in an immediate statement, the US State Department expressed its shock and sadness over the attack against Reaz Rahman. "We condemn the use of violence for political objectives " the statement said adding  "We urge all sides to refrain from acts of violence" We call on all parties to exercise restraint and eschew violence and intimidation".  
While asked about the attackers and their motives, Reaz Rahman's daughter Amina Rahman told waiting reporters at the lobby of the United Hospital that she was not aware of the offenders and could not tell whether it was a killing attempt on her father.   
While investigating into the grave incident, the law enforcing agencies might take into considerations the beneficiaries of the incident in their bid to unearth the real culprits behind the incident.   Once the beneficiaries could be ascertained it would be easy to unearth the motive behind it, knowledgeable circles opined.
A foreign secretary, Reaz Rahman jointed BNP on his retirement and he was made a state minister for Foreign Affairs in technocrat quota during BNP-Jamaat government in 2001 to 2006.
 He was later made adviser to the then Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's  adviser. He is the son of Dr. Amina Rahman who was an adviser in Ziaur Rahman's regime.

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