A Jubo League worker named Akkas Ali (50) was killed when he ran into a tree while fleeing from a police raid at a gambling opening in Debidwar. The incident took place on the embankment of river Gomti in village Chandpur of Fatehabad Union No. 6 of Debidwar upazila at 2:30 am on Wednesday.
Locals said that 5-6 people including Akkas Ali, son of Naib Ali of Chandpur village, were gambling at around 2:30 pm on Wednesday. At that time, on the second day of the 72-hour siege called by the BNP, a team of police patrolling the law and order situation entered the area and the players tried to escape by jumping into the river or trying to defend themselves. At that time Akkas Ali hit a tree while running and fell unconscious. He was quickly brought to Debidwar Upazila Health Complex and declared dead by the doctor on duty.
In this regard, the brother of the deceased Akkas Ali said that some people along with my brother were playing cards on the Gomti bank near the house, when they saw the police and ran away, they collided with a tree and died unconscious. My brother had two other strokes before.
Chairman of Fatehabad Union and general secretary of that union Awami League Kamruzzaman Masud said that Akkas Ali was an activist of Jubo League. He was ill. Had two heart attacks before. 5-6 of them were playing cards on the bank of the river. When they saw the police, they thought they were coming to catch them, and while running away, they crashed into a tree and died.
Officer-in-charge of Devidwar police station Kamal Krishna Dhar said that a group of police under the leadership of SI Nurul Islam was on duty in the area to prevent violence during the blockade called by BNP. I heard some people were playing cards on the bank of the river. A sick patient died while they were fleeing on the news of the arrival of the police. The police didn’t know what happened there at the time, later found out, I heard.