Colleagues pay homage to slain lawmaker
January 2nd, 2017 at 12:11 pm
Colleagues pay homage to slain lawmaker

Dhaka – Well-wishers, friends and political colleagues on Monday paid glowing tribute to slain lawmaker Manzurul Islam Liotn after the second funeral prayer held at the parliament complex.

Liotn, a ruling Awami League party lawmaker from northern Gaibandha district, was shot dead by unknown assailants on Saturday at his Bamondanga village home in Sundarganj sub-district, located nearly 220 kilometers north-west of the capital Dhaka.

His first funeral prayer was held in northern Rangpur district on Sunday and the body was flew to Dhaka to facilitate his colleagues, friends and well-wishers to pay respect and bid farewell.

The body was taken to the South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, where President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, and ministers, lawmakers and relatives paid respect and floral wreath at him.

Hundreds of activists and leaders of a ruling party took part in the funeral prayer of Liton, a lawmaker from Gaibandha-1 parliamentary constituency. They prayed for his departed soul.

The body will be flown back to his ancestral Bamondanga village where Liton will be buried at his family graveyard.

A tensed situation has been prevailing in the district after the murder of the lawmaker as the activists staged demonstration demanding immediate arrest of the killers.

Police officer Ataur Rahman said as many as 18 persons were detained for questioning in connection with the murder. The investigators could not get any clear idea yet as to who are the killers.

An investigation has been launched to unearth the cause of the killing, said district police chief Asraful Islam said.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Sunday said it was a new dimension in the act of terrorism. He said the criminals will shortly be captured.

A murder case was filed with Sundarganj Police Station against four to five unnamed persons in this connection. Tahmida Akhter Kakoli, the younger sister of the slain lawmaker, lodged the case.

Liton was accused in a case after he allegedly 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.