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Fugitive owner arrested in Comilla

Update : 04 May 2015, 07:37 PM

After almost two months of running from the law, the Jubo League leader accused of illegally building a rickety two-storey house that collapsed and killed 12 people last April, was arrested in Comilla yesterday.

A RAB team detained Moniruzzaman Chowdhury, the information and research secretary of Dhaka North Jubo League unit, from a house at Nischintopur village in the district.

RAB 3 Commanding Officer Lt Col Golam Sarwar said: “A RAB team led by Major Kabir arrested him from his brother-in-law’s house in the area.

“Moniruzzaman built the [collapsed] house on illegally occupied land,” he told a press briefing at Tikatuli RAB 3 office yesterday.

However, Moniruzzaman said he had legal ownership of the land where the house was built, adding that his family had already submitted necessary documents to the Rampura police station following a request from the investigators.

At least 12 people, including four of a family, died when the two-storey house made of corrugated iron sheets collapsed into a water body in the capital’s Rampura on April 15.

Nearly 100 low-income people used to live in the poorly-built house that was erected using only bamboo poles over the muddy bed of the water-hyacinth-filled jheel or water body at Hajipara.

Following the collapse, the police filed a case with Rampura police station on April 16, making Moniruzzaman the lone accused for the incident.

Lt Col Sarwar said Moniruzzaman was also an accused in three murder cases filed with Gulshan, Ramna and Sabujbagh police stations, two arms cases, and several other cases filed over extortion and fighting. Moniruzzaman had also been behind bars several times in connection with those cases, he added. 

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