Bangladesh is protesting a boy’s death after his lynching video went viral on social media.
Samiul Islam Rajon, 13, was brutally beaten to death by four men, one of which filmed the murder, on July 8 after he was accused of stealing a bicycle in the northeastern city of Sylhet, the Agence France-Presse reported via MSN.
“Please don’t beat me like this, I will die,” Samiul can be heard saying in the video, pleading for his life.
The 28-minute video was later uploaded to the Internet, sparking a flurry of anger and outrage of citizens who have signed petitions and held demonstrations protesting and demanding that the murderers receive the death penalty.
According to the Telegraph, Rajon suffered more than 60 injuries to his body as the men beat him with metal bars while he was tied to a post.
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“Rajon died of brain haemorrhage and around 64 injury marks were found in his body,” the officer-in-charge of Jalalabad Police Station Akhtar Hossain said, quoting the forensic report from the boy’s autopsy, which was conducted by Tasmina Islam, a doctor at Osmani Medical College and Hospital, the Daily Star reports.
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Akhter Hossain said his officers arrested three people overnight, including the wife of one of the attackers who was at the scene of the lynching. They are still searching for two more suspects that took an active part in the murder.
“It’s a brutal and heinous murder and we won’t spare anyone,” Hossain said.
Kamrul Islam, the main accomplice to the ringleader, Muhit Alam, fled to the Saudi city of Jeddah immediately following their brutal attack on the 13-year-old boy. However, Saudi police later arrested him after members of the Bangladeshi expat community reported his whereabouts to the police.
“I have made a mistake, please forgive me,” Islam said in a video captured by an expat TV station. The video also showed Islam handcuffed and being led away by the police.
This is how Rajon killer Kamrul was held (video) http://t.co/HPx06pXdQt
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On Monday, July 13, Bangladesh protesters formed a human chain around Samiul’s home in Sylhet. Another mass demonstration at the city centre was called for Tuesday.
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“I am disheartened and angry over this kind of barbaric murder. We have reached such a stage where Rajan was beaten to death before the eyes of everyone while the people were laughing but not protesting,” Khushi Kabir, a human-rights activist, said while demonstrating in Dhaka, according to BDNews24.
“This is a disease.”
Below is the video of Rajan’s horrific beating.
Warning: the below footage is very graphic and disturbing.
What do you think Rajan’s murderer’s punishment should be? Leave your comments below.
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