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Drives launched to arrest 20 suspects

Update : 28 May 2014, 08:47 PM

Law enforcement agencies have launched special joint drives to apprehend 20 more suspects of the Ekramul Haque murder case who continue to dodge arrest.

Investigators from Feni police, along with Rapid Action Battalion and the Detective Branch of police, are looking for several district-level Awami League leaders including district unit Joint Secretary Jahangir Mohammad Adel, local Jubo League leader Ziaul Alam Mister, and a close associate of the slain Fulgazi upazila chairman.

Although investigators declined to officially comment on the name of Ekram’s associate, the Dhaka Tribune has learnt from a source close to the investigation team that the suspect is Ekram’s bodyguard Belal Hossain, who did not attend his duty on the day of the incident and had reportedly updated the killers about Ekram’s location.

Investigators have also found that a senior AL leader of Feni was involved in the murder, said the source, who is a top official of Feni police.

When asked about the latest drives, Rashedul Islam, officer-in-charge of DB police in Feni, said raids were being carried out in different areas of the district based on information collected by the investigators.

Meanwhile, Feni police arrested one more accused, Jubo League leader Bappi, from the district’s Daganbhuiyan upazila yesterday.

Abul Kalam Azad, inspector of Feni Model police station and investigation officer of the case, said they were using information provided by the arrested during remand to try and recover the weapons used in the murder.

Investigators said they have learnt that two suspects – Sohel and Shahabuddin – have hidden some of the murder weapons. On the other hand, the prime accused of the case – BNP leader Mahtab Uddin Chowdhury Minar – was placed on a seven-day remand yesterday. Senior Magistrate Mohammad Khairul Amin passed the order after IO Azad placed Minar before the court seeking a 10-day remand.

The court also granted a five-day remand against AL leader Abdur Rauf and Sojib, after the investigation officer sought a seven-day remand.

So far, 20 people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Ekram – who was shot and burnt alive by a group of armed assailants on May 20. 

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