Although nearly four months tothe assassination of labour leader Aminul Islam have already passed, the lawenforcers are yet to bring book the killers for punishment.
Meanwhile, trade, investment andrights organisations at home and abroad have expressed concern over the labourrights violation in the country. Rafiqul Islam, younger brother of deceasedAminul, has alleged that the law enforcing agencies have tortured him to deathand dumped the body.
"We found several injurymarks from his waist to foot. His toes and his ankles were smashed,"Rafiqul told The New Nation yesterday.
He alleged that police had pickedup his brother three days before the BNP's grand rally on March 12 in Dhaka andlater released him on a bond that he wouldn't join the rally. But he wasdisappeared on April 4
Earlier several intelligenceagencies also tortured Aminul on a number of occasions from 2006 to 2012 forworking for garments workers, he added.
Police on April 5 recovered thebody of Aminul Islam, a leader of Bangladesh Garments and Industrial WorkersFederation, from a ditch at Ghatail in Tangail.
Abul Bashar, a sub-inspector ofGhatail Police Station, who is investigating the case, also confirmed the markof injuries on Aminul's legs.
According autopsy report, DrMohammad Rafiqul Islam, residence doctor of Tangail General Hospital, said his(Aminul's) body bore marks of brutal torture. A few hours before his abductionon April 4 Aminul went to say Magreb prayers beside his Bangladesh Centre forWorkers Solidarity (BCWS) office at Bypile road, Ashulia.
There, he noticed a police vanparked outside. It could be a coincidental incident but he became nervous as heexperienced brutal harassment and torture earlier.
"Aminul Bhai was anxious andrequested us close the office for the day," his colleague Laboni Aktherhas told The New Nation. While they were preparing to shut down, a fellowworker Mustafizur Rahman came for help along with a woman in veil.
According to Laboni, the womanwas covered from her head to toe, "So, we weren't able to find who theperson was," she added. Mustafiz sought help from Alamin to get married tothe girl. But Aminul denied, saying BCWS provides legal assistance to workers butnot any personal help, she said.
Mustafiz left the office butreturned after 20 minutes. Aminul and Laboni were waiting for a bus at Bypilehighway. Desperate, Mustafiz begged Aminul again for his assistance. Labonisaid, 'The way he started crying Aminul had agreed to help him out."LikeAminul's colleagues, Husne Ara, wife of Aminul Islam also believes thatMustafiz's appearance right before Aminul's disappearance has a connection withhis subsequent assassination.
After Aminuls abduction on April4, Mustafiz called Laboni Akter to tell about his disappearance.
Human rights organisation,Ain-O-Sailash Kendra, documented at least 25 people disappeared in 2012 alonewhile another Human Rights organisation Odhikar, recorded more than 54 peopledisappeared since 2010.