Lalmonirhat mob killing: 3-member probe body formed for investigation

A three-member probe body headed by Lalmonirhat Additional District Magistrate has been formed to investigate the incident of a man beaten and burnt to death by a mob on Burimari Union Parishad premises on allegations of hurting religious sentiment in the district's Patgram upazila yesterday evening.

The probe team has already started working on the spot since this noon and began recording the statements of witnesses of the incident.

Lalmonirhat Deputy Commissioner Md Abu Jafor told journalists that the three-member probe body was asked to submit the report by Sunday.

Three separate cases are underway in connection with the killing.

Lalmonirhat Superintendent of Police (SP) Abida Sultana told the journalists that the situation was brought under control last night by deploying additional police, RAB and BGB officials at the spot.

She said the person rescued from the mob by the police is now under police custody and is being treated in a hospital.

"Those behind the incident will be brought under the law," she added.

The deceased was identified as Shahidunnabi Jewel, aged around 50, a former employee of Rangpur Cantonment Public School. He was from Rangpur town and had allegedly been suffering from a mental condition, Deputy Commissioner of Lalmonirhat told The Daily Star last night.

When the body was burnt on the road next to the mosque, a riotous crowd surrounded him and chanted slogans. His motorcycle was also been burnt to ashes.

The deceased was a former librarian of Rangpur Cantonment School and College. He studied Information Science and Library Management at Dhaka University.

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