On January 29, 2012 activists of Bangladesh Shwechhashebok Dal, Krishak Dal and activists of other BNP supported parties began a mass procession1 in Chandpur city in order to realise their political programme.
There is an allegation that the police, on orders from the government, opened fire at the procession, killing two people and injuring many others. One of the dead is Mohammad Limon Chhoiyal (22) son of Abdur Rouf Chhoiyal and Anowara Begum of Goowakhola road in Ward 8 of the Chandpur Municipality. Limon was the Vice Chairman of Ward 8 of the Chandpur Municipality BNP supported Shwechhashebok Dal and a cart-puller. The other is Mohammad Abul Hossain Mridha (49), son of late Mohammad Nurul Haque Mridha and Hanufa Begum of Dashodi village in Chandpur Model Thana. Abul Hossain was a member of Baburhat union BNP Krishak Dal and a rickshaw puller.
The fact finding mission learned that a few more people were wounded by the police at the procession. The wounded were Shumon Patwary, Manik Elahi, Mahfuz, Mosharrof Kazi, Saddam, Zakir Hossain, Jewel, Enamul Haque and Ibrahim.
Odhikar expresses grave concern over the deteriorating political situation in Bangladesh. Despite the political parties having the right to hold peaceful meetings and procession according to the Constitution in a democratic arrangement, the government institutions are not letting them exercise it. On the other hand all these programmes are very often turning violent. In most cases the general people or the general supporters of a party are getting killed or injured. Odhikar believes that the government and the opposition party should solve this crisis by meeting and discussion for the sake of the country. Odhikar demands a fair investigation and trial into the killing of Limon and Abul Hossain.
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