At first, they verbally abused Nazma
A Bangladeshi councillor was allegedly beaten for protesting against drug peddling in her local neighbourhood.
The incident happened in the town of Sherpur.
The councillor, Nazma Begum is currently being treated at Sherpur General Hospital.
The incident occurred in the Digharpar area of Sherpur on November 11, 2022.
Basir Ahmed Badal, Officer in charge at Sherpur Sadar Police Station explained that the victim’s father, Harunur Rashid, filed a case against seven people.
Shahidul Islam was identified as the prime accused and has been arrested.
Officer Badal said: “Nazma, also panel mayor, informed municipality Mayor Golam Mohammad Kibria about drug peddling in her locality a few days ago.
“The mayor later informed us about the issue and we paid a visit to the area on Thursday.”
This angered the drug peddlers and they decided to take the matter into their own hands.
At first, they verbally abused Nazma and her family members. On the night of November 11, they assaulted the councillor.
When Nazma’s father tried to rescue her, they turned their attention to him and attacked him.
Denouncing the attack, Mayor Kibria demanded immediate arrest of all accused.
In September 2022, a similar incident took place where the protestors had been attacked. Except, in this case, the police were the ones behind the crime.
The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) had called a rally in the industrial city of Narayanganj, near the capital Dhaka, to protest increasing economic hardships.
Bangladesh police shot dead a young activist and injured dozens more after firing on a demonstration against power cuts and food price hikes, officers and protesters said.
Party spokesman Shakhawat Hossain said around 5,000 of its supporters were in the crowd when officers attacked.
Hossain said: “Police charged batons at our peaceful rally.
“They then opened fire. One of our youth activists was shot dead, he was only 25 years old.”
Police confirmed the death but did not offer any further details. A doctor at the city’s main state-run hospital said:
“The man had been brought to the emergency ward and died of gunshot wounds.
“The dead person had been shot in his chest, along with other 20 people who are being treated for gunshot injuries.”
According to Hossain, at least 100 opposition demonstrators had been injured, including one person who had been shot in the eye in the same incident.