mystery behind the death of Hanif Mridha in RAB custody is only
deepening while the nation is in deep trouble with fresh spike of
abductions and militancy but the bitter truth is that there is none to
hold the situation under control and take care of people's concern. Two
killings in RAB action over the last two days is not only shocking to
the nation; it is also raising question whether they are victims of
misuse of power in arbitrary killing.
Plainclothes people, some
identifying them as RAB personnel are often blamed for such abduction
and killing. But RAB as for one having most allegations against its
members routinely disowns it.
But what we want to say here is
that disowning is not what people want to hear; our major concern is who
will own their responsibility to give safety to people's life. The RAB
is the one tasked with fighting terrorism but why young people get
killed in questionable circumstances is the biggest question. Who can
misuse RAB's name and continue to operate is yet another question.
biggest and most disturbing question is whether we have a government
competent enough to fight militancy for peace and security.
death of Hanif, a city transport operator in RAB custody came as a new
shock with opposite stories from victim's family in one hand and RAB's
Public Relations Officer put it in a different context. Who is right and
who is wrong - a clash of truth is totally confusing the nation while
they want to know what is the real truth behind it. Meanwhile,
killing of another young man at a RAB check post at Khilgaon on Saturday
morning came as yet another case of death shrouded with mystery. RAB
claimed he was riding a number plate less motorbike and carrying a bomb
to attack the RAB check post. They fired shoots at and killed him. Yet
again the mother of this victim claimed her soon was missing for
sometime and his death came to her as a surprise. She wanted to know
where the abductors held her son before making him a scapegoat.
family said he was abducted with one of his friends on February 27 when
they were returning Dhaka from Barisal. Plainclothes people picked them
from Kanchpur area as they left a launch and moving to board on Hanif's
private car. But RAB disclosure said he was arrested from around
Ashkona RAB barrack on suppression that he was linked to the suicide
bomber who blew him outside the RAB barrack. RAB sources claimed in
their custody Hanif felt pain in his chest and when they took him to
nearby Kurmitola General Hospital doctors declared him dead.
family wondered how the general diary (GD) with Siddhirgonj Police
Station they lodged on March 4 got lost with all entries from March 1.
There is no trace of the diary to suggest that some influential quarters
are at work to bury the case. They were then overtaken by yet another
surprise on March 15 when several people in plainclothes went to Hanif's
house and one of them wearing RAB uniform with 'Iqbal' by name to get
Hanif signed two cheques for a total of Tk 6.70 lakhs.
there in a white HiAce microbus and Hanif's neighbours confirmed the
media to have seen the people claiming as members of law enforcement
agencies. RAB's Spokesman Mufti Mahmud is not much helpful to clear the
He said they have heard about the family claim. But it is
known that criminal gangs are involved in such acts using identity of
RAB in many cases. He said they are investigating the claim that one of
the group members was wearing a RAB uniform with his name inscribed on
Hanif's neighbours in his village home under Amtoli
Police Station in Barguna told police that he was a good man and locals
in Dhaka also said he was a good person mainly involving in business.
The family said he grew up from a tea boy and now own three buses
running in Dhaka streets.
Life cannot be cheap and unprotected in
a free country for the government to be helpless. Only law enforcing
agencies have full power and authority to fight militancy. The fear is
who cause and who fight militancy remains clouded. The government is no