The report calls for the arrest of nine members of the banned militant group Ansar al-Islam over the killing of Dipan, who was hacked to death inside his office at Dhaka’s Aziz Super Market on October 31, 2015
The Detective Branch (DB) of policeon on Tuesday submitted its probe report into the 2015 murder of Jagriti Prokashoni publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan to the Home Ministry for its approval.
The report calls for the arrest of nine members of the banned militant group Ansar al-Islam over the killing of Dipan, who was hacked to death inside his office at Dhaka’s Aziz Super Market on October 31, 2015.
Dipan had been friends with another murdered writer, Avijit Roy, even publishing one of his books.
His wife Dr Razia Rahman filed a murder case with Shahbagh police following the incident.
“The Home Ministry needs to approve all cases filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act before they can be submitted to court,” the chief of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crimes (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, Monirul Islam, said.
Monirul said six of the nine accused have already been arrested.
They include Moinul Hasan Shamim, alias Sifat alias Shamim alias Samir, the 24-year-old leader of Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), the former name of Ansar al-Islam, who was arrested on August 25, 2016 near Tongi’s Cherag Ali Market.
Moinul confessed to his role in Dipon’s killing and pointed out the wider role of the infamous “Major Zia” in the killings of bloggers.
On August 13, investigators named Zia - full name Major (suspended) Syed Ziaul Haque alias major Zia and Akram Hossain alias Hasib, 28, of Dhaka – as the mastermind behind the blogger murders. He remains absconding.
The other five suspects already in police custody are Abdus Sabur alias Abdus Samadalias Sujon, 23, of Comilla; Khairul Islam alias Jamil alias Jisan, 24 of Chittagong; Sheikh Abdullah alias Jubayer alias Jayed, 27 of Chittagong; Abu Siddiqu Sohel alias Sajid alias Sihab, 34, of Lalmonirhat; and Mozammwel Hossain alias Saymon 25, of Mymensingh.
The CTTC chief said eight of the total nine accused have been charge sheeted and another would be included through a supplementary charge sheet later, once he had been formally identified.
“We are yet to identify the one other accused in the case even though we have a photo of him,” he said.
CTTC chief said six of the accused have already given their confessional statement to the court and admitted to their role in the killings.
Ansar al-Islam is believed to represent al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) - a terrorist group which has claimed responsibility for 13 attacks since 2013.