Maoist gets state funeral in Bangladesh

Last Updated: Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 15:40

Dhaka: A Maoist shot dead by Bangladeshi
police was cremated with state honours for his role as a
freedom fighter in the 1971 war for independence.

Nirapada Bairagi, a 57 year-old resident of Sajiara and
tailor by profession was a freedom fighter who had fought
during the war against Pakistan in 1971.
But, he later joined the banned ultra-left New Biplobi
Communist Party and was wanted by the police in eight cases
related to murder, abduction, robbery among others, according
to the New Age newspaper.

Nirapada was cremated with state honours, yesterday as he
was gazetted as a freedom fighter and enjoyed government
allowances entitled to freedom fighters, a senior official
said.
The Khulna deputy commissioner, NM Zeaul Alam, said
Nirapada was given state honours before his funeral although
other formalities, including the sounding of the bugle, could
not be done as the funeral was held early in the day.

The Dumuria police officer-in-charge, Faujul Kabir, said
Nirapada, an operative of the ultra-left outfit New Biplabi
Communist Party, was killed in a `gunfight` between his
associates and the lawmen early Friday in a police raid.

Nirapada`s son Amit Kumar Bairagi said his father was
innocent and was accused only in a case of abduction and had
obtained bail.

"How could a man who had never been in hiding be an
extremist at the age of 57 ?" Amid said. "The police report
was concocted," he was quoted by the paper.

Bureau Report



First Published: Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 15:40

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