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Police arrest Shibir man in Pabna ashram staff murder

  • Published at 08:26 pm June 12th, 2016
  • Last updated at 05:27 pm June 13th, 2016

Police have arrested a leader of Islami Chhatra Shibir, student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, on suspicion of being involved in the gruesome murder of Nityanando Pandey, employee at a Hindu ashram in Hemayetpur, Pabna. The arrestee, Ariful Islam, 23, is the secretary of Shibir's Pabna west wing, police told the Dhaka Tribune. Inspector Munshi Abu Quddus of Pabna Sadar police station, who is also the investigation officer of the murder, said police found Ariful in another Shibir leader's house in Bajitpur area when they raided the house following a tip-off on Saturday around 10pm. Ariful was injured in a minor scuffle during the arrest and is currently undergoing treatment at Pabna General Hospital, the inspector said. Police gathered some new information regarding the murder during the primary interrogation of the suspect and are currently verifying said information, the inspector added. Nityanando, 62, was hacked to death on Friday in Hemayetpur near Sri Sri Thakur Anukulchandra Satsang Ashram, where he had been an attendant for four decades. The so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility of the murder, as reported by US-based monitoring website SITE Intelligence Group.