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‘Pir killers conducted recon survey before attack’

  • Published at 11:29 pm March 14th, 2017
  • Last updated at 11:36 am March 15th, 2017
‘Pir killers conducted recon survey before attack’
The assassins of a Dinajpur Sufi leader and his domestic help had conducted reconnaissance survey hours before committing the crime on Monday night, according to locals. Five unidentified suspected attackers were seen roaming around the area before 8pm, multiple witnesses told the Dhaka Tribune. [caption id="attachment_52528" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]The exterior of the shrine Dhaka Tribune The exterior of the shrine Dhaka Tribune[/caption] The Sufi leader, Farhad Hossain Chowdhury, 55, Rupali Begum, the domestic help, were found in a pool of blood at his home at Bochaganj upazila of the district. "They were shot dead by unidentified attackers around 8 pm," Arju Mohammad, officer-in-charge of Bochaganj police station, said.
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[caption id="attachment_52530" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Local followers lament the murder of the pir Dhaka Tribune Local followers lament the murder of the pir Dhaka Tribune[/caption] Farhad was the former president of BNP’s Setabganj municipality unit. Rupali was his adopted daughter. Police have already formed a six-member committee, headed by Additional Superintendent of Dinajpur police Mahfuz Zaman Ashraf, to investigate the incident. [caption id="attachment_52532" align="aligncenter" width="587"]Farhad Hossain Chowdhury File Photo Farhad Hossain Chowdhury File Photo[/caption] Dinajpur Medical College Associate Professor Dr Amir Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune that Farhad’s autopsy report revealed seven bullet wounds. Over the past few years, Islamist militants have killed over a dozen Pirs and their disciples, and launched bomb attacks on shrines across the country. An old faction of the banned militant outfit JMB claimed responsibilities for most of those attacks. Two other groups – HujiB and New JMB – were also found involved in several other attacks on shrines and non-Sunni preachers.