Phulgazi upazila chairman shot, hacked, burnt to death

Staff Correspondent
The burnt car of Phulgazi upazila chairman lies on a road at Phulgazi in Feni town after miscreants shot dead the chairman and then set fire to the car Tuesday morning. — New Age photo

The burnt car of Phulgazi upazila chairman lies on a road at Phulgazi in Feni town after miscreants shot dead the chairman and then set fire to the car Tuesday morning. — New Age photo

Unnamed people killed an upazila chairman by shooting and hacking him before burning the car he was in at Phulgazi in Feni on Tuesday morning, the police said.
Three others, including a journalist, who were accompanying Ekramul Haque in the microbus on his way to the upazila council office from his house, were also injured as the group of about 30–40 people first exploded crude bombs and shot at the vehicle.
As the car stopped, the group dragged and chased away the three and hacked Ekramul and burnt the car with him lying inside about 11:00am. The police later recovered the charred body.
Ekramul, 45, president of the upazila unit Awami League, was elected chairman to the upazila in elections on March 15. He was also editor of local newspaper Feni Pratidin.
The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, also president of the Awami League, asked the law enforcement agencies to immediately arrest of the attackers.
Awami League activists and followers of Ekramul, meanwhile, rampaged through the area and damaged vehicles soon after the incident, the New Age correspondent in Feni reported.
Feni sadar circle assistant superintendent of police Shamsul Alam said that they had deployed two platoons of Border Guard Bangladesh personnel in aide of the police and the Rapid Action Battalion to contain the situation.
The police said that no case had been filed till 9:00pm but they were investigating the matter. They were conducting drives to arrest the attackers.
The district unit Awami League president, Abdur Rahman, meanwhile, gave the government 24 hours to arrest the attackers and threatened agitation programme, otherwise.
Local people said that Ekramul and others were going to the upazila office from his house at Masterpara.
Some unnamed people exploded eight to 10 crude bombs as the microbus reached near Bilash Cinema in the town and fired 10 to 12 gunshots at the car before hacking Ekramul and burning him in the car.
Two of Ekarmul’s associates — Moin Uddin Shambhu, 60, a former chairman of the Phulgazi union council, and Muhibullah Farhad, 32, executive editor of Feni Pratidin — and the microbus driver, Mamun, 26, were injured in the attack.
Farhad, who was injured with bullet, is admitted to Feni General Hospital; Moin and Manun were later sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
The attackers pulled them out from the microbus and hacked Ekramul. They later burnt the microbus with Ekramul inside.
Farhad said that attackers burnt the vehicle after pouring petrol but Ekramul, who as badly wounded, could not move.
Fire fighters, who later put out the flames, pulled out Ekramul charred from the microbus, which was his official car.
People became panicked at the incident, with an uneasy calm gripping the area. Most of the people returned home early; shops and markets were closed.
Awami League activists and Ekramul’s supporters damaged a number of vehicles and shops in protest at the killing and attack.
They also blocked the Dhaka–Chittagong Highway and Feni–Pashuram Road with tree logs, Mahipal highway police inspector ASM Jahangir Alam said.
Awami League activists also burnt the house of BNP leader Mahtabuddin Ahmed Chowdhury Minar, who contested the upazila elections against Ekramul, about 3:00pm.
Some of Ekramul’s associates suspected that he might have been killed over a report published in national daily newspapers against the local lawmaker and some influential people.

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