Foyzur Rahman Faizul alias Shafiqur has reportedly confessed in court to launching a knife attack on Prof Mohammed Zafar Iqbal to kill the noted author and academician on March 3.
Sylhet Metropolitan Magistrate Haridas Kumar on Sunday recorded his statement under Section 164 for over three hours after Jalalabad police Station OC Shafiqul Islam produced Faizul before the court around 1:30pm, Sylhet Metropolitan Police’s Assistant Commissioner (prosecution) Amulya Kumar said.
Shafiqul, also investigation officer of the case filed over the attempt to murder Zafar Iqbal, brought Faizul to court after his 10-day remand ended. On March 8, the same court had sent the 25-year-old into police remand.
Amulya said: “Faizul in his statement admitted to planning the attempt to murder. He has also mentioned that he was inspired to attack Zafar Iqbal after watching many extremist videos on YouTube.”
He said Faizul thought Zafar Iqbal was anti-Islam after reading his book "Vooter Bachcha Soleman" and he should die because of that.
“When he was working at a computer servicing shop at the city’s Raja Mansion area, someone had given him a memory card filled with Waz (Islamic sermons). He said he was inspired after hearing those sermons and decided to carry out the attack,” Amulya said.
He said the court sent Faizul to jail after recording his statement.
During a program at the Mukta Mancha at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology on March 3, Faziul had stabbed Zafar Iqbal in the back of his head and was subsequently caught by the students.
However, the eminent writer, who also teaches at that university, made a full recovery after being treated at the Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka for 11 days.
Over the next few days after the attack, Faizul’s parents, one uncle and brother were detained in Sylhet and Gazipur. They were later remanded for different terms.