Motive yet to be known
Police said the murder, which they suspect was a premeditated one, took place on Sirajganj-Kazipur Road near Veoamara Bridge at Ratankandi union around 8pm.
The deceased, Bokul Haider, 52, was a member of Bagbati Union Parishad and the joint general secretary of the ruling party’s Bagbati unit. He was from the same union.
After being informed, police recovered and took Bokul’s body to 250-bed Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib General Hospital, where duty doctors declared him dead on arrival around 8:30pm.
Bokul’s aide Rafiqul Islam, 55, who was with the man at the time of the murder, was later taken into custody for questioning, said Sadar police station’s Inspector (investigation) Rafiqul Islam.
The inspector said they also found a person who witnessed Bokul’s killing, but declined to disclose the person’s identity.
Bokul and Rafiqul were on the latter’s motorcycle and going from Pipulbaria Bazar to Veoamara to attend an arbitration around 8pm Saturday, when the attackers blocked their path and shot Bokul in the head.
Police suspect that Rafiqul might have been involved in the murder, as he was seen by the witness talking on the phone instead of trying to save Bokul.
Sadar police station’s Second Officer Sub-Inspector Saiful Islam around 7:15pm Sunday said Bokul’s family was at the station and the process to start a murder case was underway.
Md Waheduzzaman, officer-in-charge (OC) of the District Detective Branch (DB) of police, said detention of Bokul’s aide could lead them to figure out the motive behind the murder.
Sadar police OC Mohammad Daud said Bokul could have been murdered over a past rivalry.
But, officials added, Sadar police and DB were jointly investigating whether any social, professional or political rivalry led to the killing.