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Was journo Shimul targeted?

  • Published at 05:23 pm February 4th, 2017
  • Last updated at 08:37 pm February 4th, 2017
Was journo Shimul targeted?
During the initial investigation, police said Shimul had been shot by Miru. Miru, who is one of the accused in a case filed over the murder, is currently in hiding. Police have arrested two of his brothers in connection with the fatal clash that took place in front of Miru's house in Shahjadpur, Sirajganj on Thursday. Four others were arrested in the murder case. According to eye witnesses, Shimul, 42, was taking photos of the clash which ensued when a faction of the local Awami League attacked the mayor's house. He was pointing his camera at the house when the mayor came out with his shotgun and opened fire, they said. “Shimul caught the mayor firing from his gun on camera. When the mayor noticed it, he shot Shimul too. We demand execution of the mayor and his brothers,” Shimul's cousin Dr Abul Kalam Azad told the Dhaka Tribune. Some of the locals suspect that Shimul’s stance against the mayor’s recent decision to raise municipality tax, along with two otherjournalists, might have made him a target. They said Shimul was a hard-working journalist and popular in the area. Jahurul Islam, Shahjadpur correspondent of the Daily Amar Sangbad, said he was a close acquaintance of Shimul's and was with him when he was shot. “Shimul was taking photos of the violent clash between two rival groups of the local Awami League. Four or five rounds of bullets were fired from the mayor’s house when his rivals attacked the house,” he said. “I did not see who was firing the bullets, but one bullet hit Shimul in the right eye.” Quoting the locals and the case statement, Shahjadpur police station OC Rezaul Haque said Miru was the primary suspect in the murder. RAB Assistant Superintendent of Police Hasibul Alam and Shahjadpur circle Additional Superintendent of Police Abul Hasnat were present during this conversation. However, earlier during a phone conversation, Miru refuted the allegations against him and said he liked Shimul. “I had no complaints about Shimul. He was injured when the attackers hurled crude bombs at my house,” the mayor told the Dhaka Tribune. The mayor claimed that he was being framed by some locals. However, the doctors who conducted the post-mortem examination of Shimul's body found a bullet in his skull, said Civil Surgeon Sheikh Manzur Rahman. Saiful Islam, a businessman from Shimul's village Madla, said: “Everyone knows that Shimul's murder was premeditated. Miru and his two brothers planned it.” Sirajganj 6 constituency lawmaker Hasibur Rahman Swapan demanded that Miru be arrested soon and brought to book. “Miru fired five bullets from his gun, one of which hit Shimul in the head. He was there to discharge his duty as a journalist,” he said on Saturday before attending Shimul's namaz-e-janaza. Condemning the murder, Awami League Publicity Secretary Hassan Mahmud said the killers must be brought to justice. He further said the investigators should see whether any “intruder” had committed the murder.