The killing of a youth in a 'shootout' with cops sparked protest in Pabna.
Family members of the victim, Md Tanjib Sheikh, 30, son of Babu Sheikh of village Ramchandrapur in Pabna Sadar upazila, alleged that the police mercilessly beat him, later shot him dead while district police in a press release claimed that Tanjib received bullet injury in a gunfight with cops at Char Shibrampur Beribandh in Pabna town during a raid to recover firearms early Wednesday.
"Tanjib, accused in five criminal cases, was arrested from Library Bazar area on Tuesday night. Taking the arrestee, a police team raided Char Shibrampur Beribandh area at about 12:10am on Wednesday. As his fellows attacked police, the latter returned fire that left Tanjib bullet-hit. He later died at Pabna General Hospital," the press release stated.
Police recovered a pistol, a revolver, eight bullets and five spent cartridges from the spot and four policemen including a sub-inspector were injured in the incident, police claimed.
Tanjib's family members in a press conference held at Pabna Press Club yesterday noon demanded justice for the killing.
"Without investigating police tortured and killed Tanjib and tried to pass it off as a shootout. We want justice after proper judicial investigation," victim's father Babu Sheikh said in the press conference.
Victim's wife Meghna Khatun claimed that he took position against drug peddlers in the village.
Asked about the allegation against police, Pabna Superintendent of Police Md Rafikul Islam said, "We will investigate if the victim's family members submit complaint regarding the incident."