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RAB’s Tareq among 35 charged with Narayanganj seven murders

Update : 08 Apr 2015, 07:18 PM

Detectives have finally pressed charge sheet against 35 people including sacked chief of RAB 11 Lt Col Tareq Sayeed Mohammad and former ward councillor Nur Hossain for killing seven people after abduction and dumping the bodies in Narayanganj last year.

Sacked RAB officials – Maj Arif Hossain and Lt Commander SM Masud Rana – have also been named in the charge sheet.

Officer-in-Charge of the district’s Detective Branch of police Mamunur Rashid Mondal, also investigation officer of two cases filed over the gruesome murders, submitted the charge sheet before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court of Narayanganj yesterday afternoon.

The court later fixed May 11 for the next hearing on the charge framing matter, Sakhawat Hossain Khan, president of Narayanganj Bar Association, told the Dhaka Tribune.

Of the 35 accused, 21 are former or present members of elite force Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) while 13 are on the run.

The detectives exempted 16 people – five named in the FIR and 11 other arrestees – from the charges.

The FIR-named accused who got clean chits are Siddhirganj unit Awami League General Secretary Haji Yasin Miah, Sechchasebak League General Secretary Aminul Haque Raju, and Iqbal, Hasmat Ali Hasu and Anwar.

Nur Hossain’s bodyguards Mahibullah, Tanvir, Yeasin, Alamgir, driver Sona Miah, his accomplices Jewel Ahmed, Mizan, Abdur Rahim, Arifuzzaman, Rafiqul Islam and Mizanur Rahman – arrested in connection with the cases were also cleared of the charges.

A total of 127 people have been made witnesses in the charge sheet.

On April 27, Narayanganj City Corporation panel mayor Nazrul Islam, his three associates and driver were abducted from Fatullah area in the city. At the same time, senior lawyer of the Narayanganj District Judge’s Court Chandan Kumar Sarker and his driver were abducted on their way to Dhaka.

Three days into their abduction, the bodies of six people, including that of Nazrul and Chandan, were recovered from the Shitalakkhya and Dhaleshwari rivers on April 30. The body of Nazrul’s driver Jahangir was recovered from the Shitalakkhya River on May 1.

Two cases were filed in connection with the murders. Nazrul’s wife Selina Islam Beauty filed a case against six people, including former councillor Nur Hossain, while Chandan’s son-in-law Bijoy Kumar Paul filed the other case against some unknown people.

Later, Shahidul Islam, Nazrul’s father-in-law, claimed that RAB officials had killed Nazrul and others in exchange for Tk6 crore from Nur Hossain, the prime accused in the murder case, and other accomplices.

The three former RAB officials were sent on forced retirement for their alleged involvement in the incident. They are now in jail. Lt Col Tareq is the son-in-law of Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya.

On June 14 last, West Bengal police arrested Nur Hossain and his aides from an apartment in Kolkata for illegal entry and possession of arms. The government has been working to bring back Nur to Bangladesh.

Nazrul’s wife Beauty, who was present at the court, expressed dissatisfaction over the exclusion of the five FIR-named accused.

Several investigation committees were formed to look into the sensational murders. On June 4 last year, the High Court directed RAB, the government’s seven-member probe committee, the inspector general of police and the CID to submit progress reports on their investigations.

The probe body formed by RAB found 27 of its members including three top officials of RAB 11 unit involved in the incident.

RAB in its report submitted to the High Court in December last year said the three sacked officials had acted on their own. It says RAB headquarters and intelligence wing tried to rescue the victims alive but failed because Lt Col Tareq had concealed information from the headquarters.

“Around 1:30pm on April 28, RAB intelligence discovered that Lt Col Tareq Sayeed Mohammad, Maj Arif Hossain and Lt Commander SM Masud Rana along with their sub-ordinate RAB members did it,” the report reads.

The RAB report says: “We found during the investigation that Nur planned to abduct or kill Nazrul due to enmity over grabbing power and business problems. Probably Nur was in search of people from the administration who would do this for him. After much effort, he finally got Maj Arif and then Col Tareq Sayeed and Masud Rana to be his accomplices.”

However, the probe body did not find the involvement of any official of the RAB headquarters or any other battalions with the crime as mentioned by Arif and Rana in their confessional statements.

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