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Attack on Dinajpur UNO: Key accused Asadul admits his involvement

Asadul claimed they tried to rob the UNO’s house

Update : 04 Sep 2020, 08:06 PM

During a primary interrogation, Mohammad Asadul Haque, arrested in connection with the attack on Ghoraghat Upazila Nirbahi Officer Wahida Khanam in Dinajpur has claimed they tried to rob the UNO’s house.

RAB-13 Commander Reza Ahmed Ferdous confirmed the matter at a briefing in Rangpur’s rail station road area at around 7pm on Friday.

Asadul said two others who are currently arrested were also involved in the attack. They are Nabirul and Shantu Kumar Biswas, according to RAB.

“Asadul has claimed they went there in order to steal valuables. But we are investigating thoroughly to unearth the exact reason behind the misdeed.” the RAB official said.

“We have first detained Asadul from Kaliganj area of Hakimpur upazila . During primary interrogation, he confessed to hammer blows on the head of the UNO. Based on his confession, RAB detained Nabirul and Shantu Kumar Biswas from Ghoraghat.” said Reza Ahmed Ferdous.

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“Rab had earlier interrogated two ruling party leaders including Ghoraghat Jubo League Convener Jahangir Alam, Ghoraghat's Singra Union Jubo League President Masud Rana and night guard Nahid Hossain Polash.  "After interrogation, we let Jahangir go.” he said

When asked whether there were any political links, Reza Ahmed Ferdous said they are still investigating the incident and cannot share any further information.

Ghoraghat Upazila Nirbahi Officer Wahida Khanam and her father were seriously injured in an attack by unidentified assailants early Thursday.

UNO Wahida's elder brother Farid Hossain filed a case against unidentified individuals with Ghoraghat police station in the early hours of Friday.

Law enforcement agencies detained six individuals including the key accused and a leader of Awami Jubo League.

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The detainees are, Jahangir Alam, 40, convener of Ghoraghat Upazila unit Jubo League, Asadul Haque, 38, member of the same upazila unit Jubo League, Masud Rana, 40, president of Singra union unit Jubo League, Nahid Hossain Polash, the night guard at UNO’s official residence, Md Nabirul, and Shantu Kumar Biswas.

According to local sources, the attackers broke into Wahida's house through a window and started attacking Wahida.

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Her father Omar Ali was also gravely injured when he tried to stop the attackers and save his daughter.

Wahida and her father were first taken to Rangpur Medical College Hospital. The UNO was later moved to the ICU of Rangpur Community Medical College Hospital.

As her condition was critical, the UNO was airlifted to Dhaka by a Bangladesh Air Force helicopter in the afternoon and admitted to the National Institute of Neurosciences and Hospital in Agargaon.

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