Odhikar

Man allegedly shot to death by RAB in Kumarkhali of Kushtia

On September 12, 2012 Mohammad Atear Rahman (30) son of Samsuddin Molla and Tara Khatun of Baroipara village under Ambaria Union Parishad 9 of Khoksha police station in Kushtia district was shot dead by Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members.

Atear and his family lived as tenants in Shafi Sheikh’s house in Ataikula moholla of Ataikula police station in Pabna district. On September 11, 2012 at around 8:00pm members of RAB-12 picked up Atear from his house. On September 12, 2012 at around 5:10am, RAB officials took Atear to a Kashbon1 of Padma river in Chorshadipur under Kumarkhali police station in Kushtia district and shot him to death.

Note: Even though on paper Atear used to write his name as Atear Rahman, locals knew him by the name of Tofa Molla. He used to do farming in the deltas of the Padma river and ploughed lands with cows and buffalos for living. During the rainy season when the deltas flooded he used to live as tenant in different areas all around Pabna district.

Odhikar’s view

Due to the violation of laws and misuse of authority by the members of the law enforcement agencies of Bangladesh the extrajudicial killings are going on. Instead of handing over Mohammad Atear Rahman alias Tofa Molla to the court after arrest, he has been shot to death. Moreover, RAB officials, in an attempt to make Atear’s body unidentifiable, named him Mohammad Tofa Molla (35) and his father Mohammad Chha-Molla alias Samir Uddin Molla instead of writing  hamsuddin Molla in the FIR. Odhikar demands that the perpetrators be brought under trial through a fair and impartial investigation of this killing.

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