6 pellets were lodged in head
There were six pellets in the head of Noor-e-Alam, president of Bhola Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal who was shot during a clash between police and BNP men, said morgue sources yesterday after an autopsy.
"No other major injuries were found on the body," the sources at Dhaka Medical College morgue added.
After the autopsy, Kazi Golam Mokhlesur Rahman, head of Dhaka Medical College's forensic medicine department, told reporters that they have found pellet injuries on the body but did not specify the area.
He said they have collected samples from the neck tissue, blood and viscera for tests and will be able to give a complete report after receiving those results.
Three days after Sunday's clash in Bhola, Noor-e-Alam, who had been on life support, died at Dhaka's Comfort Hospital on Wednesday.
When asked about pellets found in Noor-e-Alam's head, Saiful Islam, Bhola superintendent of police, said only the doctor conducting the autopsy could determine the cause of death in a final report.
Asked whether police fired from their shotguns, he said both sides fired shotgun shells.
Meanwhile, 36 police personnel of Bhola Sadar Police Station and 25 unnamed others were accused in a case filed yesterday over the death of Swechchhasebak Dal member secretary Abdur Rahim, 32, during the clash.
The police station's Inspector (investigation) Arman Hossain was made the prime accused in the murder case filed by Rahim's wife Khadiza Begum with the court of Senior Judicial Magistrate Ali Haider, said the plaintiff's lawyer Amirul Islam Baset.
Seven sub-inspectors, five assistant sub-inspectors and 23 constables were also accused in the case, he added.
According to the case statement, police opened fire on the procession of BNP activists in Bhola town, and Rahim was shot. As he laid on the ground, police beat him to death with the butt of the gun, said the case statement.
The court took the case into cognisance and instructed officer-in-charge of Bhola Sadar Police Station to present all relevant documents over Abdur Rahim's murder before the court by August 8, said the plaintiff's lawyer.
Bhola BNP General Secretary Harun-ur-Rashid said the case was filed against those police personnel who fired shots and were identified after examining footage and photos of the clash.
The victim's wife appealed to the court that Rapid Action Battalion investigate the case.
Apart from yesterday's case, police earlier filed two cases against over 400 opposition leaders and activists including the Bhola unit BNP president and secretary.
Police have so far arrested 10 activists over the cases, said Bhola Sadar Police Station OC Enayet Hossain.
As part of BNP's countrywide demonstrations against the ongoing load shedding and "mismanagement" in the power sector, local leaders and activists of the party gathered in front of the district BNP office in Bhola on Sunday.
At one stage, police intercepted their procession, triggering a clash that left Abdur Rahim dead and scores injured.
Deceased JCD leader Noor-e-Alam's father-in-law Abdul Bashet Bachchu alleged that law enforcers shot Alam intentionally as he was a top JCD leader.
Meanwhile, the dawn-to-dusk strike in Bhola to protest the death of the JCD leader was called off after six hours.
Most shops in the town remained shut and only rickshaws were seen plying the roads during the strike. Besides, law enforcers were deployed in some areas.
A delegation of central BNP leaders visited Bhola yesterday.
At a press conference organised by the district BNP unit, Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, a member of the BNP National Standing Committee, condemned the firing by police and demanded exemplary trial and fair investigation.
The central leaders of BNP also visited the houses of the two bereaved families and promised to stand by them.
Meanwhile, vowing revenge for the murders of the two, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday urged the party rank and file to take action instead of shedding tears to save the nation from the "fascist" rule of Awami League.