Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) arrested the key accused of Khadem Abu Hanif murder in a capital’s mosque earlier this month from Chattogram on Monday evening.
The arrestee was identified as Saiful Islam, 38, a former chief Khadem of Mayor Mohammad Hanif Jame Mosque.PBI chief Banaj Kumar Majumdar disclosed the information at a press briefing at the PBI headquarters in the capital on Tuesday.
“We arrested Saiful from Chattogram last evening. PBI was able to identify him even after he shaved off his beard to dodge police,” PBI chief said.
He also informed that Saiful planned to kill Abu Hanif, a khadem of the mosque, out of jealousy as he was promoted as the chief Khadem in a short period of time.
According to plan, Saiful stabbed Hanif when he was taking a nap in the afternoon and hid his body in an abandoned room of the mosque, he said.
He wanted to hide the body in an old grave of Azimpur graveyard later at night, but because of the presence of the other Khadems he could not do so.
Later, he made an excuse that his father was sick and left Dhaka for his hometown Noakhali, PBI chief added.Police recovered the body of Abu Hanif, a khadem (caretaker) of Mayor Mohammad Hanif Jame Mosque from the mosque in the capital’s Azimpur area on Wednesday night (July 3).