'In the primary interrogation, the arrestee told us that Farhad was murdered over establishing supremacy and the share of extortion money which was collected from autorickshaw stands and dish trades'
Fugitive gangsters, currently hiding in America and India, planned the murder of Awami League leader Farhad Hossain following a feud over establishing supremacy and distribution of extortion money, detectives said.
In a briefing on Saturday, Detective Branch (DB) of Police Joint Commissioner Abdul Baten said: “There was a longstanding feud between Farhad and top terrors Ramzan, Mehdi and Ashik over establishing supremacy and distribution of extortion money.”
He said Ramzan with the help of his partners-- Mehdi and Ashik-- got Farhad murdered. Awami League’s Badda unit General Secretary Farhad was shot dead after Jumma prayers in Dhaka’s Badda area on June 15.
Earlier on Friday, police arrested five people from Dhaka’s Gulshan and Mirpur areas for their alleged involvement with the murder of Farhad.
The arrestee are Jakir Hossain, Arif Miah, Abul Kalam Azad alias Anir, Badrul Huda alias Shourov, and Billal Hossain alias Roni. Four pistols, four magazines, and 12 bullets were also seized from the suspects.
DB Joint Commissioner Abdul Baten said: “Police arrested Jahirul on July 10 in connection to Farhad’s murder. Based on the confessional statement he gave before a court, a team of DB police conducted a raid in Gulshan on Friday and arrested Zakir and Arif.”
“Later, based on Zakir and Arif’s information, we conducted another drive and arrested Azad, Badrul and Billal from Mirpur.”
How Farhad’s murder was planned and executed
In the briefing, the joint commissioner said: “In the primary interrogation, the arrestee told us that Farhad was murdered over establishing supremacy and the share of extortion money which was collected from autorickshaw stands and dish trades.
“Ramzan controlled these extortion works, and Mehdi and Ashik were also part of his illegal business. When Ramzan felt that Farhad was coming in his way, he contacted Mehdi and Ashik, who are currently in America and India.”
The DB officer said Mehdi and Ashik helped Ramzan plan the murder.
“A few days before the murder, Ramzan went to India and instructed his younger brother Sujon and his associates--Zakir and Arif—to kill Farhad,” Abdul Baten said.
He said Sujon contacted Amit, who is the commander of Mehdi’s armed group. Following their discussion about the murder, Amit hired shooters --Nur Islam, Anir, Sourav and Saad --to do the job.
Amit and the other gunmen gathered in front of North Badda Subash Towers on June 15 to carry out the murder. Amit instructed Nur, Anir and Sourav to take part in the killing while Saad was asked to stay with him for a backup plan.
Later around 12pm, the four shooters-- Nur, Anir, Sourav, and Saad—went to a rickshaw garage with Zakir, who was detained on Friday, to collect arms from Mehedi’s other associate Pulak alias Palak.
After the murder, the shooters went to Pallabi and returned the weapons to Amit, where they were given Tk1 lakh for the murder.
Ramzan’s younger brother Sujon left Bangladesh soon after the murder. Besides, arms supplier Palak and shooter Saad are still at large.
Two other suspects of the murder--Nurul Islam, 28, and Amit alias Dada, 35, --were killed in a “shootout” with police in Dhaka on July 5.