Suspected killers and masterminds of murder of publisher Shahjahan Bachchu are still at large except the arrest of Abdur Rahman and his death in a ‘gunfight’ with police on June 28.
Following the death of Abdur Rahman, Jayedul Alam, superintendent of police in Munshiganj, briefed journalists on the killing of Bachchu. “Although four men took part in the killing, two others were also involved. Police know everything about them,” he said.Though 13 days have already elapsed since the briefing, police could not arrest any of them. On June 11, some miscreants killed Bachchu at East Kakaldi village in Sirajdikhan of Munshiganj.
One day after the murder, Afsana Jahan, wife of the victim, filed a case against four unknown persons with Sirajdikhan Police Station.
Bachchu was former general secretary of Communist Party of Bangladesh’s (CPB) Munshiganj unit and publisher of Bishaka Publication.
When contacted, officer-in-charge of Sirajdikhan Police Station told the daily sun on Wednesday that they are yet to make significant headway except the arrest of Abdur Rahman.
After the murder, various social and cultural organisations suspected that radicals committed the murder, as Bachchu was on the hit list of militants.
Lawmen also suspected the involvement of religious fanatics, as Bachchu wrote about religion on social networking website Facebook.Police first assumed that Ansar Al Islam also known as Ansarullah Bangla Team killed him. Afterwards, they thought that Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) is responsible for the incident of murder.
On June 24, a team of police conducted a raid on a JMB den in a Mawna house of Gazipur and arrested Abdur Rahman alias Lalu alias Sayed alias Akkas alias Kawsar, 34, military wing commander of Dhaka division of the JMB.
On June 28, Abdur Rahman, an inhabitant of Kaliganj at Debiganj in Panchagarh, died in the ‘gunfight’ with police in Munshiganj.
Police said Bachchu operated an organisation named Suddha Charcha Kendra (Purification Study Centre) at Tetulia in Panchagarh and the JMB men targeted him from there.
When contacted, Mohammad Mostafizur Rahman, additional superintendent of police in Munshiganj district, told the daily sun on Wednesday that all police units of the country were working to arrest the killers.
“We hope we can arrest them soon,” he said.