Police have recovered a loaded pistol, used in the murder of lawmaker Manjurul Islam Liton, from the Sundarganj residence of former Jatiya Party MP Abdul Quader Khan.
Police raided Quader’s house around 1am Thursday and recovered a pistol loaded with six bullets and one blank magazine hidden under the earth.
Quader earlier had surrendered his licensed pistol and bullets to Sundarganj police station. But he deposited just 10 out of 40 bullets without a satisfactory explanation over the rest of the ammunition.
Police so far have recovered two pistols, magazine, a shotgun cover, 10 bullet shells, one helmet, cap, mobile phone SIM card and a motorcycle used in the killing mission, Sundarganj police station Officer-in-Charge Atiar Rahman said.
He said police had raided Quader’s house on Wednesday and later the fire service conducted raids in three ponds of the former lawmaker but found nothing.
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“Based on the information Quader gave during interrogation, police raided his house and recovered the firearm after digging the earth,” the OC added.
Three firearms were used in the murder of MP Liton, he said, adding that two have been recovered and police were trying to find the third one.
Quader, also former vice president of Jatiya Party, was picked up from his residence on February 21.
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According to police, Quader planned the murder to be rid of competition and become an MP yet again.
Quader had been elected as MP in the 2008 parliamentary election as a candidate for the Awami League-led 20-party Grand Alliance. He recently informed reporters that he would not run for by-polls in the constituency, which was vacant after Liton was shot dead at his village home in Sundarganj’s Masterpara on December 31 last year.
A mobile set was snatched away at Nayabazar of Dhopadanga area on Gaibandha-Sundarganj road in the early hours of December 1.
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Later, locals discovered the magazine and handed it over to police. The bullets stored in the magazine matched a bullet found inside Liton’s body and the bullet shells seized from the crime scene.
The incident prompted police to start looking for the snatchers, gradually helping uncover the motive of the murder.
Finally, on early morning Tuesday, police managed to detain three people who confessed to being linked to the murder, leading to the detention of Quader in the afternoon the same day.