Kazi Mohammad Imtiaz Hossain Abir was allegedly shot dead by police at Pollobi in Dhaka

Kazi Mohammad Imtiaz Hossain Abir (16), son of Kazi Golam Faruk, was a resident of Rupnagar residential area at Pollobi in Dhaka. At around 8:30pm on January 10, 2011, he was killed by the police forces of Pollobi Police Station. It was alleged by the family members of Abir that he was shot dead by the police at Balurmath slum under Beribandh of section 12, Block E, Pollobi.

The family of Abir stated that he was never involved in any crime nor any kind of addiction. Despite having no such involvement, he was shot dead by police. But police laid their claim that Abir was a drug-addict and he died in crossfire with police.

Fact-finding Analysis:

During fact-finding mission, Odhikar noticed dissimilarities between the witnesses and doctor of the hospital on their comments. Police opined that a group of robbers were preparing to rob the slum at Balurmath under Beribandh area in section 12, Block E of Pollobi. After being informed, the patrol police team surrounded the area. The alleged criminals started firing at police and the police also opened fire in response. During the gunfight, a boy named Abir was shot down. Afterward, police took wounded and allegedly addicted Abir to the hospital where he died under treatment. Police filed cases against Abir and it was written in the First Information Report (FIR) that Abir was 28.

But the Doctor of the hospital told that Abir was taken dead to the hospital and he was not addicted. Abir’s age was 24 written in the death certificate. On the other hand, Abir was 16 according to the Secondary School Certificate. Some witnesses also expressed that Abir did not open fire at police. Babul, the drug-dealer, is missing since the incident.

Odhikar urges the government take legal action against those involved in the killing of Abir through an independent judicial investigation.

fact-finding-extrajudicial killings-Kazi Mohammad Imtiaz Hossain Abir-2011-eng (full text in English, PDF)

fact-finding-extrajudicial killings-Kazi Mohammad Imtiaz Hossain Abir-2011-ben (full text in Bangla, PDF)

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