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Reopen Jhalakathi student Limon’s case against six RAB personnel: Court

Sejuti Mourin: A Jhalakathi court has ordered authorities to reopen a case against 6 Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel over the alleged murder attempt on student Limon Hossain seven years ago. On Apr 10, 2011, Limon’s mother  Henoara Begum started the case at Jhalakati Senior Judicial Magistrate’s Court. She accused the six members of RAB-8 of Barisal of trying to murder and maiming her son, alleging that a RAB team on March 23 that year took Limon, who used to work in a brick kiln to meet his college fees, to a place adjacent to his house at Jamaddarhat in Rajapur Upazila of the district and then shot and arrested him. The court dismissed the case on Aug 15, 2012 after police in its investigation report claimed that the accused were ‘innocent’. The plaintiff on Feb 13, 2013, petitioned that the case be reopened at Jhalakati District and Sessions Judge’s Court. Akkas Shikder, the lawyer for Henoara, told bdnews24 that Additional District and Sessions Judge SKM Tofail Hasan ordered that the case be reopened after the end of the 42nd day of hearing on the petition on Sunday. Akkas believes the charges against the accused RAB men will be proved true if police investigate the case ‘fairly’. The accused are the then RAB-8 deputy assistant director Lutfor Rahman, corporal Md Mazharul Islam, constable Abdul Aziz, nayek Muktadir Hossain, and soldiers Sri Prahlad Chandra and Karetik Kumar Biswas. Limon is currently a postgraduate law student of Kushtia Islamic University. He faced two cases by the RAB on charges of keeping illegal arms and explosives. The court acquitted him of the charges on July 29, 2013 and Oct 16, 2014 following the home ministry’s recommendation.

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