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Akash and Tikka shot and killed by RAB at Khoksha, Kushtia

It was learned from the accounts of witnesses and the RAB that Golam Hossain Akash (35) from the village of West Bishoikhali of Jhenaidah district was arrested at around 2.00 am on June 18, 2008 by RAB-6 of Khulna and RAB 12 of Kushtia from the village of Udibari of Kushtia.

On the other hand, according to the wife of Abdur Rashid Tikka (32) from the village of Ganeshpur of Khoksha in Kushtia district, he was arrested from 317/3, Ulon Road, West Rampura at around 12.15 am on June 24, 2008, by the officers of RAB 1. Her statement was corroborated by the owner of the house where she and her husband had been living as a tenant along with their children.

According to findings, they were shot dead in the village of Ganeshpur at Khoksha during the time between around 11.30 pm of June 26 and around 3.00 am of June 27. The families of the deceased alleged that they had been intentionally shot and killed under the excuse of ‘encounter’ and ‘crossfire’.

The RAB authorities, however,  claimed that when they took Akash to the Eidgah of Ganeshpur at Khoksha Upazila [1] in Kushtia on the night  to June 26, 2008 with the objective of retrieving arms, following Akash’s confession in remand, Tikka and his cohorts, who were holding a secret meeting at the Eidgah, opened fire upon the RAB officers. Then the RAB officers fired back which resulted in a gunfight between RAB and Tikka and his accomplices. The RAB authorities stated that Tikka was killed in the ‘encounter’ with the RAB while Akash was killed in ‘crossfire’ as he was trying to escape during the gunfight.

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Notes:

  1. Upazia is an administrative unit under a district in Bangladesh.

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