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Ekramul’s wife says family living in fear

Our Correspondent, Cox’s Bazar

The family of Awami League leader Ekramul Haque, who was recently killed, is living in fear, said his wife Ayesha Begum. She told The Independent that she was staying with her mother, but later shifted from there out of fear. Ayesha also said that the mental condition of her two daughters is not well. "They have broken down after the death of their father. They cannot move about freely. They are talking to others freely," she added.

“The way Ekram was killed, the same could happen to his family. I plan to write to the Prime Minister, seeking justice and security. We'll file a case in the court against the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB). At present, we are not in a position to file the case, as we are yet to overcome the grief and shock," she said.

Cox’s Bazar additional superintendent of police, Afruzul Haque Tutul, told The Independent: "We're concerned about the matter. It's our duty to ensure the safety of people. Ekramul’s family is yet to lodge a complaint about insecurity. If they do, we will look into the matter.”

“The home ministry is yet to seek information from us about the released audio clip. It has created a huge public outcry. If the home ministry asks us for information, we will provide it,” said the police official when asked about the investigation of the home ministry.

On Sunday, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said officials were looking into the audio clips provided by Ekramul's wife to reporters. The audio clip has been collected and a team led by a magistrate is looking into it, he added.

On May 27, Ekramul Haque, a ward councillor of Teknaf Municipality, was killed in what RAB claimed was a “gunfight” between drug peddlers.

On May 31, at a press conference, Ayesha alleged that her husband was murdered by law enforcers. She also revealed a 14-minute unverified audio clip that unveiled the phone conversation between Ekramul and her during the reported crossfire. The audio clip has gone viral on social networking sites.

A total of 135 alleged drug peddlers were killed in “gunfights” during the anti-drug drive since May 12. The RAB launched its own anti-narcotics operation on May 4, while the Police Headquarters on May 16 instructed all police units across the country to conduct special anti-narcotics drives.

 

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