MNA National Desk: Teknaf Municipality Councillor Ekramul Haque was shot and killed on May 26 as the government expanded its controversial anti-drug crackdown. His family claims security forces killed Ekram in cold blood.
Five days later, his family distributed four audio clips that recorded terrifying conversations between Ekram and his daughter and wife before he died in a hail of bullets. The audio recorded on a mobile phone also captured sounds of gunfire and groans of the dying man.
The death of Ekram illustrates how suspects are killed in overnight raids which security forces later routinely portray as gun battles.
Pressed to comment on the audio by bdnews24.com, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said: “I haven’t listened to the audio yet. The BBC has asked me the same question. I’ll look into the issue. “
“I have always said I will take action against someone who is guilty.”
Mohammad Mufti Mahmud Khan, spokesman for the Rapid Action Battalion told, “We have listened to the audio. There are many types of audio. We’ll look into it. “
“I am not aware of the audio record,” said RAB-7 Cox’s Bazar Camp Company Leader Maj Md Ruhul Amin.
“I will inform you later,” he said regarding the family’s claim.
Nazrul Islam, elder brother to the deceased, said Ekram’s smartphone had a feature for auto-recording. He used several phones with Bluetooth on.
He said Ekram called back on his own phone and the conversation was recorded.
Mizanur Rahman, former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, said: “It has severely questioned the entire operation.”