Death at ‘peace’ rally: ‘He was only 21’

Abdus Sattar still finds it hard to believe that his son is no more.

“He was only 21,” Sattar kept on saying as tears rolled down his cheeks.

With a heavy heart, locals attended his janaza tonight after the body reached Pachhimpara village in Sherpur’s Nakla upazila in the evening from the capital.

Rezaul was killed during a clash between two factions of Awami League in Dhaka’s Golap Shah Mazar area, after their “peace rally” came to an end on Friday.

Rezaul got admitted to a madrasa in Jatrabari after completing his studies in Mymensingh. He used to live in the area.

“I cannot believe my son is gone… who will now call me amma…,” wailed his mother Renu Begum.”He was a hope for the family. Of his four siblings, Rezaul was the one went to the capital to study further,” added Sattar.

Rezaul’s uncle, Azharul Islam, a former organising secretary of Narayankhola union unit AL, demanded proper investigation into the killing.Sohel Rana, local ward member, said Rezaul was not involved with any political party. “We want the culprits to be brought to book,” he said.

UP Chairman Golam Robbani echoed him.


Initially, Rezaul’s identity could not be confirmed.

Md Shah Alam, inspector (investigation) of Shahbagh Police Station, said, “We matched his fingerprint with the national database and confirmed his identity.”

Rezaul is the son of Abdus Sattar of Natayankota village under Nakla upazila in Sherpur district, according to the database. However, it could not be known whether he was an AL activist or a pedestrian.

Five persons, including pedestrians, were injured when a faction of AL attacked another group on their way back home after attending party’s peace rally on Friday evening.

The injured were rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where doctors declared one of them dead around 7:45pm, police said.

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