Limon Cleared

Bangladesh on 12 July 2013
Location : Dhaka, Bangladesh | Source : Daily Star. Image Source: Daily Star

Limon Hossain, maimed by Rab personnel two years back, was cleared of charges as the government yesterday issued a gazette notification for withdrawing the two cases the elite force had filed against him.

The notification, issued by the law ministry, said “As per the section 494 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the government has decided not to proceed with the cases.”

The public prosecutor of Jhalakathi has been directed to take necessary steps for withdrawal of the cases, it added.
The government on Tuesday had decided to withdraw both the cases considering Limon’s age and the request made by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairman.

According to a source at the NHRC, its chief Mizanur Rahman wrote a letter to the home minister on May 30, requesting him to take an initiative for withdrawing the cases.

Limon’s ordeal began on March 23, 2011, just yards away from his home at Shaturia village in Jhalakathi.  As he went to fetch his family cattle from a nearby field, a Rab team shot him point-blank in his left leg, taking him for a notorious criminal it was looking for.

The elite force then picked him up and sent him to a hospital. On the same day, Rab filed two cases against him — one for possessing arms and another for obstructing law enforcers.

Four days after the shooting, Limon’s leg had to be amputated. He now walks on an artificial leg.

On April 10, 2011, Limon’s mother, Henoara Begum, filed a case with Rajapur Police Station, accusing six Rab personnel of maiming her son. Police secretly submitted the final report on the case to a court on August 14, 2012, saying they found no substantive evidence to prove the allegations brought by Limon’s mother.

Limon’s mother, however, rejected the probe report and filed a no-confidence petition against it in the magistrate’s court on August 30, 2012.  But the court rejected the petition on February 13 this year.

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