Joint forces launched drives on Tuesday to arrest the suspected terrorists involved in killing of seven people in Rangamati on Monday.
The forces surrounded all the hilly areas of Bagaichhari on Tuesday morning and conducted drives there, sources said.Earlier on Monday evening, seven people, including an assistant presiding officer, were killed and 17 others injured in the gun attack in Baghaichhari upazila of Rangamati district.
They came under attack in Noymile area when they were returning to upazila town after concluding voting at Konglak Government Primary School polling center in Sajek union of the upazila.
The injured people are undergoing treatment at Chattogram Combined Military Hospital (CMH) and Bagaichhari Health Complex. Most of the injured are critically wounded, according to hospital sources.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Tuesday visited the injured at Chattogram CMH.
“Criminals involved in the gun attack on election officials and law enforcers in Rangamati will be brought to book” CEC told reporters at Chattogram Circuit House after visiting the injured at Combined Military Hospital in the district.
“Those involved in the incident will be identified soon. Monday’s attack is a tragic incident. It was planned,” CEC said.There was no negligence on the part of law enforcers, he said.
The CEC also promised to provide financial assistance to the families of the victims.
Rangamati Deputy Commissioner AKM Mamunur Rashid said a joint drive will be conducted to arrest the attackers.
Rangamati Police Super Alamgir Kabir said security will be beefed up to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.
Meanwhile, the bodies of seven people were taken to the Khagrachari General Hospital morgue for autopsy. After autopsy the bodies will be handed over to their family members.
The local administration provided Tk 20,000 to each family of those killed in the attack. Seven of the injured, who are being treated at Baghaichhari Health Complex, have been given Tk 10,000 each.
A seven-member committee was formed by the Chattogram Divisional Commissioner Abdul Mannan to investigate the incident.