Two Awami League leaders in Tangail who were arrested last week in connection with the murder of Tangail’s Bhuapur upazila former Awami League organising secretary Rakibul Islam Farid, have been granted another three day remand by the courts on Tuesday.
The arrested Awami League leaders and prime suspects in the case are Bhuapur upazila Awami League Joint Convenor Taherul Islam alias Tota and Aloa union parishad (UP) Chairman Nurul Islam Sarkar.
The duo was placed before the Senior Judicial Magistrate of Taingail’s Bhuapur Amoli Court, where Judge Nourin Mahbub granted them three days in response to a request for a seven day remand.
Tangail Police Detective Branch (DB) Officer-in-charge (OC) Ashok Kumar Singh told reporters, the detainees had given significant information over the first round of remand, which the police are using in their investigation. The courts granted another three days instead of the seven days requested, to verify and straighten out the information given.”
The body of Rakibul Islam Farid was recovered on December 6, 2016, from an isolated lake in his own village. The killers had slit his throat before dumping him in the lake.
Rakbul was reported missing the night before and on December 6, after his body was found, his brother Fazlul Karim filed a case against unnamed persons at the Bhuapur police station.
DB police subsequently detained a number of people in connection with the case. Detainees Mainul Hassan alias Masud, Shawkat Hossain alias Shoikat, Aloa UP member Mokbul Hossain Tarafdar and Nasiruddin Rana, confessed to being involved in Farid’s murder and provided further testimony during which the names of Nurul Islam and Taherul Islam Tota came up, along with some other Awami League leaders.
On the night of March 14, police arrested Taherul Islam Tot and Nurul Islam in Gulshan.
The next day, they were granted 3 days of remand by the courts.
Then on December 15 Fazlul Karim filed a supplementary case with the Tangail Magistrate Court against seven individuals including Taherul Islam Tota, Nurual Islam, and another upazila Joint Convenor and newly elected district parishad member Abdul Hamid Mia alias Bhola.
The court ordered the investigation of both cases.