TRAGEDY: Mahmuda Aktar’s young son (centre) grieves with other family members
curb on bike riders after murder of police officer’s wife
BANGLADESH slapped a ban on more than one person riding pillion on a mo torcycle on Monday (6), a day after the wife of a prominent security official was shot dead by three suspected Islamist militants riding a motorbike.
Mahmuda Aktar, 35, the wife of superintendent of police Babul Aktar who is known for his security campaigns against militants, was stabbed and shot dead by the three in Chittagong last Sunday (5).
In recent months, Aktar led operations in Chittagong against top members of banned militant group Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
Four people have been picked up for questioning and the motorbike used in the killing has been recovered, Chittagong city police commissioner Iqbal Bahar said.
“Only two people are (now) allowed to ride a motorcycle, not three,” interior minister Asaduzzaman Khan told reporters, adding motorcyclists will not even be allowed to carry a spouse and child, a common practice across south Asia.
Khan said the government would also look into the matter of security for the families of security personnel.
Bangladesh imposed a similar ban on three people riding a motorcycle – but later relaxed it – after two foreigners were shot dead a few days apart by masked men riding on motorcycles late last year.
Also last Sunday, machete-wielding
assailants killed a Christian grocer in a separate incident. Both attacks appeared to be the work of Islamist militants who have killed at least 30 people, including religious minorities, liberal bloggers and academics, since February last year, police said.