Activists protest killing of ruling party lawmaker in Gaibandha
January 1st, 2017 at 1:15 pm
Activists protest killing of ruling party lawmaker in Gaibandha

Dhaka – The local Awami League in northern Gaibandha district called a daylong strike to protest killing of lawmaker Manzurul Islam Liton.

The activists demand immediate arrest of the killers and put them on trial, said police on Sunday.

Unknown assailants shot dead Liton, a lawmaker of Gaibandaha-1 parliamentary constituency, at his home on Saturday. Investigators picked up at least 10 persons for questioning after the murder, local police said adding that they could not determine the reason behind the attack.

The ruling party called shutdown began at 6am. No long route buses were seen plying on the roads and shops remained open as the strike enforced since the morning.

The ruling Awami League party has formed a three member committee to investigate the murder, a party insider said. Senior party leaders have visited the northern district as the committee headed by the AL joint-secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanok is set to investigate the killing.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Rangpur Division Khandaker Golam Faruk said police has launched investigation.

The body of the lawmaker was handed to the family after autopsy conducted at Rangpur Medical College Hospital.

Bimal Chandra Roy, a professor of forensic department at the medical college, said the lawmaker was shot five-time from close range. “Five bullets were found in his body,” the lawmaker said.

The first funeral prayer of Liton is scheduled to be held at South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban in Dhaka as his body is being brought to the capital.

He will be buried at his ancestral home in Gaibandha afterwards.

Liton was accused in a case after he shot a 10-year-old schoolboy on October 2, 2015. He was arrested for his alleged involvement in the case and later released on bail.