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Hortal of Bangladesh & Raid inside house of Mirza Abbas

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Uploaded on Jul 23, 2010

Rapid Action Battalion men yesterday stormed Mirza Abbas's Shahjahanpur residence in the capital and charged baton injuring some 20 persons including family members of the BNP standing committee member.

Locals said following the arrest of Abbas, his wife Afroza Abbas brought out a procession with around 100 activists. Parading different lanes in Shahjahanpur and Shahidbagh areas, the procession ended at the BNP leader's house at around 11:15am.

Soon afterwards, Rab personnel forcibly entered the three-storey building. They ransacked rooms on every floor and beat up family members and local BNP workers inside.

In a late-night development, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia went to the Abbas residence to visit the family members.

Earlier in the afternoon, Afroza Abbas said Rab personnel accompanied by ruling party cadres broke into their house, beat up at least 40 people including her octogenarian mother-in-law and looted valuables.

Speaking at a press briefing at her residence, she also alleged that the elite crime busters harassed some female activists.

Afroza said they came under the attack after they ended their procession peacefully.

Talking to this correspondent, Abbas's mother Kamala Khatun said Rab men got into her room and baton-charged family members who had taken refuge there.

In a chocked voice, she said even military officers did not misbehave with her after the 1/11 changeover.

"I requested them not to beat my nephew Jamal as he was a guest. But they did not listen to me. They shoved me over when I went to his rescue."

Jahura Begum Baby, organising secretary of ward-24 BNP, said Rab personnel beat her while she was trying to get out of the house.

Kamal Uddin, joint secretary of Khilgaon BNP, said Rab men clubbed them inside Abbas's office on the ground floor. During the attack, they picked up around 20 BNP activists including two females.

Lt Col Ziaul Ahsan, chief of Rab intelligence wing, said they went inside the house and charged baton on the BNP workers there after brick chips had been thrown at them.

He however denied the allegations of looting and assault on women.

He added that they were aided by police during the raid.

Contacted, a DMP official said no policeman was present when Rab raided Abbas's house.

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