A Europe-based Bangladeshi expat hired a six-member hitman group to kill the owner of a recruiting agency in Dhaka's Banani on November 14, police’s Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit says.
Police's special unit learned this from the team leader of the group, who have been arrested in this connection, confirms CTTC chief Monirul Islam while briefing journalists on Wednesday.
Monirul said among the trio, one Md Helaluddin, 38, admitted to have carried out the murder with help of five others.
During primary interrogation, Helal also identified two other killers as ‘Picchi’ Al Amin and Saddam Hossain.
“Helal said the expatriate had hired him for killing Siddique,” the CTTC chief said.
Police is yet to reveal the expatriate's name.
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“Four of them entered the building [in which the recruiting agency is housed] late in the evening and fired 25-26 rounds of bullets to complete the mission," he said.
The CTTC chief, however, did not say anything about the motive behind the murder.
Helal was arrested from Gulshan’s Kalachandpur area with five firearms – one 9mm pistol, four 7.65mm pistols and nine bullets.
The mid-level Chhatra Dal leader is accused in a double murder case and wanted in another murder filed with Badda police station.
The expat, who was not named by police, is a former member of the BNP student front. Chhatra Dal activities brought the two men together, Monirul said.