Thursday, 09 July 2015 21:52

Govt orders probe into ‘humiliated’ freedom fighter’s suicide

Staff Correspondent The government has ordered a probe into the suicide of freedom fighter Ayub Khan, who took his own life after being ‘humiliated’ by the secretary of Liberation War Affairs. “Joint secretary (administration) Sheikh Mijanur Rahman has been told to investigate and give me every detail within three days,” Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq told reporters at the Secretariat on Thursday. Police said the 62-year-old freedom fighter left a suicide note saying Secretary MA Hannan ‘threw him out’ - a kind of humiliation he could not live with. Khan, former commander of the Muktijoddha Sangsad’s Satkania Upazila unit, was found lying in a critical condition in his room at the Topkhana Road’s Karnaphuli Hotel on Tuesday morning. Police said he had been staying there since June 7. He later died at the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital. Police said Khan died of the poison he had taken to kill himself. His cousin Amin Hossain has filed a case over his death. But Secretary MA Hannan, who allegedly insulted the freedom fighter, said he could not recall seeing the man. The secretary, who was unavailable for comments after the suicide, spoke to reporters the next day. “Many people come to the ministry and meet the minister and me. That freedom fighter might have come. But I have no knowledge of the incident reported in the newspapers,” he said. Hannan said none can easily enter his Eskaton house. “Such an incident did not happen at Eskaton Garden or even at the ministry. Citing the suicide note, Shahbagh police Sub-Inspector Mamun Farazi said Khan had given the secretary fish, dried fish, and money to get him to announce South Chittagong unit of Muktijoddha Sangsad. But Hannan claimed that the Muktijoddha Sangsad unit, mentioned in the suicide note, was not under his jurisdiction. As for why a man would accuse him before death without reason, the secretary said, “That’s my question, too. I never tried dried fish, can’t stand the smell.”
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