I am still waiting for justice: Limon

Bangladesh on 26 March 2014
Location : Bangladesh | Source : New Age Bd. Image Source: Flickr user Rajiv Ashrafi

Even three years after being brutally tortured in a remote village Jhalakati by Rapid Action Battalion personnel, teenager Limon Hossain is still seeking justice and wants to continue the legal battle against the accused RAB men.

On March 23, 2011, a six-member RAB team shot in the leg of Limon, who used to work at a brick kiln to manage his educational expenses, taking him to a place near his house at Jamaddarhat in Rajapur upazila of Jhalakati.  

The team also picked him up from the brick kiln.

Later, Limon’s left leg was amputated at the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation as the tissues were totally damaged due to excessive bleeding caused by delay in treatment after the shooting.

‘I do not want to recall the moment I experienced in the afternoon on that day…they shattered my dream. I cannot run any more since that day,’ Limon told New Age on Sunday. 
He vowed to continue the legal battle against the RAB personnel and wanted to set an example in society.

Limon now is studying law at the Gono Bishwabidyalay and wants to be a lawyer.

Nearly two years after the incident, Limon was cleared of charges brought against him by the elite force as the government issued a gazette notification withdrawing both the cases filed against him.

The notification issued by the law ministry says: ‘As per the section 494 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the government has decided not to proceed with the cases.’

RAB filed two cases against him — one accusing him of possessing firearms and another for what they said obstructing them from discharging their professional duties.

Limon’s mother Henoara Begum filed a case with Rajapur police station on April 10, 2011, accusing six RAB personnel of attempted murder and maiming his son.

Police submitted the final report on the case to a court on August 14, 2012, saying they found no evidence and witnesses against the RAB personnel.

Limon’s mother filed ‘no confidence’ petition against the final report on August 30, 2012, which was rejected by a senior judicial magistrate’s court on February 13, 2013. 

The case is still pending.

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