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FF's Murder In Enclave
Body exhumed after 40 yrs
Our Correspondent
Published :Monday, 7 March, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 31

FF's Murder In Enclave
PANCHAGARH, Mar 6: The body of a Freedom Fighter (FF) was exhumed at Shalbari village under Boda upazila of Panchagarh district after nearly forty years of his death on Saturday.
FF Azimul Haque of the village was beaten to death by a group of people over a land dispute on September 2 in 1976.
As the area was in the then Indian enclave, the victim's family members could not file case with any Bangladeshi police station or court.
Now that village Shalbari has been included in Bangladesh territory, the area has come under the purview of the country's law following implementation of the enclave exchange deal between neighbouring Bangladesh and India on July 31 last following which the victim FF's younger brother Ariful Islam filed a case with Panchagarh Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court on December 29 last year accusing 13 people. He also sought justice in the case.
Judge Krishna Kanta ordered police of Boda Police Station to record the case after investigation. The police station recorded the case later on January 16 this year as FIR. Investigation Officer (IO) of the case and also Sub-Inspector Din Mohammad submitted a primary report to the court after primary investigation. For further investigation, the court ordered to exhume the body by forming a six-member team.
Following the order, a six-member team collected samples of the body digging the grave in presence of Upazila Nirbahi Officer Abu Awal, Medical Officer of Panchagarh Sadar Hospital SIM Rajiul Karim, Officer-in-Charge of Boda Police Station Abul Kalam Azad and IO Din Mohammad. According to the case and the victim's family sources, the FF was mercilessly beaten by the accused on the ill-fated day in 1976. The perpetrators even forced the victim back from taking treatment following which he died the next day without treatment.
Although the victim's brother Ariful went to Debiganj Police Station on September 4 in 1976 and placed a written complaint over the incident, police did not record the complaint as the victim was a resident belonging to the then Indian enclave.

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