Chased by cops, AL man drowns in Kaptai Lake

A member of Prajanma League, a pro-Awami League organisation, drowned after he jumped into Kaptai Lake to escape arrest by Kotwali police in the district town early Wednesday, police say.

The dead, Ziaul Haque Komol, 36, son of late Nazmul Haque of village Shantinagar Asambasti, hailed from Munshiganj district.

He was accused in a case under wildlife preservation act with Gojaria Police Station in Munshiganj, said Md Salamat, assistant sub-inspector of Kotwali Police Station, last night.

Around 11:30pm on Wednesday, a team of police conducted a raid to nab Komol in Tabalchhari Bazar area. With police in hot pursuit, Komol jumped into the lake.

An unnatural death case was filed in this connection.

Protesting the death, the AL and its associated organisations yesterday brought out a procession in the town and held a rally near its district party office.

Holding police responsible for the killing, they issued a 24-hour ultimatum for the transfer of Rangamati superintendent of police and the officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station. Otherwise, they would lay siege to the police station and announce an indefinite strike.


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