A local Islami Chhatra Shibir leader drowned in a pond while reportedly fleeing after having been chased by police in Baldipukur area of Mithapukur upazila early Monday, reports agency. The deceased was identified as Nazmul Hossain Lablu, 28, former president of the upazila Shibir and son of Nur-un–Nabi of Mirzapur village. Sub-inspector of Detective Branch of Rangpur Shariful Islam said a group of Jamaat-Shibir men was trying to put barricade on Rangpur-Bogra highway near ‘RI Filing Station’ at Baldipukur to carry out acts of sabotage.
As police reached the spot around 3am, the Jamaat-Shibir activists hurled crude bombs at them, he said, adding that the law enforcers fired rubber bullets in self-defence. Lablu, also president of upazila chapter of Jamaat-controlled Labour Welfare Federation, fell into a nearby pond while fleeing the spot, the DB official said. Later, police recovered his body from the pond and sent it to Rangpur Medical College Hospital for autopsy.
They also recovered four petrol bombs, five crude bombs, machetes and logs from the spot. Police said Lablu was the prime accused in the case filed in connection with the killing of eight people in a petrol bomb attack on a bus at Jagirhat in the upazila on January 13. He was also wanted in 10 other cases filed against him for attacking police, torching vehicles and carrying out subversive activities.