December 10, 2012

A brutal murder by Chhatra League activists

Bishwajit Das, a 24-year-old young man was killed in an attack by a group of Bangladesh Chhatra League activists, who took him for a pro-blockade activist, yesterday. 

A group of 10-12, swooped on him near Bahadur Shah Park in Old Dhaka around 8:30am on his way to work. They beat him with sticks and iron rods and hacked him with sharp weapons. Bishwajit died after he was taken to Mitford Hospital for treatment. According to dozens of eyewitnesses, the attackers are BCL activists of Jagannath University (JnU).

A group of pro-opposition lawyers brought out a procession around 8:30am, marching towards Bahadur Shah Park in support of the opposition-called blockade, when a group of BCL activists of JnU attacked the procession and beat up some lawyers, witnesses said. In a few minutes, a sound of an explosion was heard nearby and the BCL men started chasing pedestrians.

Bishwajit, who was also among the pedestrians, ran for life and got into a nearby building, said Ripon Sarder, a rickshaw puller who took him to the hospital. "They [BCL] were beating him even as he was running for life," Ripon added.

According to family members, Bishwajit was not involved with any political party. Originally from Shariatpur, he used to live with his elder brother at Hrishikesh Das Lane at Sutrapur.

Bangladesh Today