'It was a Planned Killing': Ibrahim's Wife
Tuesday, 17 August 2010

The wife of Jubo League leader Ibrahim Ahmed, who died when he was shot by a bullet from the licensed pistol of a ruling party lawmaker, has claimed that the death was not accidental but a "planned killing".

Rina Islam told bdnews24.com: "The incident will be clear if Shaon's driver Kamal and bodyguard Delwar are arrested and grilled."

It was widely reported in the media that Ibrahim died when the pistol belonging to Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shaon MP from Bhola went off by accident on Friday night when he himself was holding it in the lawmaker's jeep,

Rina said: "My husband was not a kid and the pistol was not a toy that goes off while handling."

Questioning the role of the police, she alleged that they did not allow her to file a case and are investigating the incident on the basis of the case filed by driver Kamal – who told the police that the death was accidental - whom she suspected in fact of killing her husband.

Rina alleged that the Sher-e-Bangla Police Station did not even give her the copy of the unnatural death case.

"I lost my husband. It's me who has the right to file the case. I'll go to the court to file the case accusing Kamal and Delwar," she said.

When asked, Sher-e-Bangla police officer-in-charge Reaz Hossain told bdnews24.com: "A case has already been filed. How many cases will we accept over an incident?"

Rina suspects Ibrahim might have been killed in relation to enmity over Tk 3 million contract works in Bhola or the announcement for who was to contest in the next councillor election in Dhaka's ward number 56.

She also suspects that a man called Faruk from Segunbagicha area, under ward number 56, might have a hand in the killing.

Asked if she has any allegation against Shaon, she said: "What shall I say? He is a leader of the same party as my husband. But what I want to say is that everything will be clear if the driver and bodyguard are arrested."

Rina said that the way that the injured Ibrahim was carried to a hospital in a different car, the way people ran away after taking him to the hospital and the hasty filing of the unnatural death case suggests "there is a mystery behind the incident."

Meanwhile, Shaon visited Ibrahim's residence in Segunbagicha and offered financial assistance to his family "in exchange for saving his honour."

The lawmaker could not be contacted on Monday as his cellphone was stitched off.

Police was not informed promptly

Sher-e-Bangla police said they were not informed of the incident immediately. They only came to know the place of occurrence was in parliament area when the driver Kamal came to the police station to report the incident several hours later.

OC Reaz said nobody other than Kamal and Delwar were found as witnesses.

He said the firearms and the bullet shell were sent to the forensic division of the Criminal Investigation Department for examination.

"Necessary action will be taken on receiving the report," he said.

But before the examination is done Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner AKM Shahidul Huq judged the incident as an accident simply on the basis of the driver's statement.

He told reporters: "Always we cannot go by the law. Perhaps the MP left his firearms in the car and Ibrahim was shot while toying with it."

Hide and seek of police

Sher-e-Bangla police are not allowing anybody, even the relations of the deceased, to see the petition of the unnatural death case filed by Kamal.

When approached, OC Reaz asked the bdnews24.com correspondent to go to the duty officer for a copy of the application and left the police station.

The duty officer, however, having phoned the station chief, told the correspondent: "Sir said the application has been locked in his shelf."

Microbus seized

The police seized the microbus carrying Ibrahim to the hospital on Monday when MP Shaon sent it to the police station.

Microbus driver Mizan told the police that drive Kamal came to him and asked for help on Friday night when he was sleeping in the vehicle.

The police, however, found no sign of blood in the vehicle.


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