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Police to launch manhunt

Update : 20 Nov 2014, 06:41 PM

Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) is to form a special team to find out and nab the killers of Rajshahi University sociology professor AKM Shafiul Islam.

“We are considering all the possibilities as we carry out the investigation and we are hopeful about finding out who killed the man and why,” newly-appointed RMP Commissioner Mohammad Shamsuddin said after visiting the crime scene and meeting Shafiul’s family members yesterday evening.

He said police would analyse “raw” information received from the 11 arrestees, who were put on a two-day remand, before launching the manhunt.

It is better not to disclose the information as this is a sensational murder, Shamsuddin said.

On Saturday, unidentified assailants killed Shafiul in front of his rented house at noon.

Before visiting the crime scene yesterday, Shamsuddin at his office held a meeting with the investigating officer in the case at noon to discuss the progress with the probe made so far.

A RMP official who was present in the meeting told the Dhaka Tribune the police had come to know among other things that the main target of the killers was to take away Shafiul’s mobile phone.

But he could not say why the professor firmly held his phone in his hand until he lost the strength to maintain the grip.

The official, who asked not to be named, also said there might be any video or text massage in the slain teacher’s phone that could help trace the killers.

RMP’s Detective Branch Inspector Abdul Mojid refused to comment on this, saying it was not the appropriate time to do so.

“We are now zeroing in on two aspects – involvement of Jamaat-Shibir in the killing and the victim’s lifestyle,” he said. 

Meanwhile, it sparked controversy when Advocate Ekramul Haque, convener of Awami League Lawyers’ Parishad, chose to represent the 11 arrestees, who belong to Jamaat and Shibir.

But Ekramul claimed he is working for them as part of his professional duty and the decision to represent them was not based on any political reason.

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