A total of four people have so far been arrested in connection with the gruesome murder of teenage boy Sheikh Samiul Alam Rajon.
Of them, Quamrul was arrested in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Monday. Lipi and Ismail were held in Sylhet on Monday, and Muhit was arrested while trying to dump Rajon’s body on July 8.
Additional deputy commissioner of Sylhet Metropolitan Police (SMP) Mohammad Rahmat Ullah said Bangladeshi expatriates caught Quamrul from Jamea area around 8pm (Bangladesh time) and handed him over to Saudi police.
Assistant Inspector General (Media) of the Police Headquarters Nazrul Islam also confirmed the arrest.
Quamrul who is a Saudi expatriate fled to the Arab country on July 10 after the murder of Rajon.
Police detained Quamrul’s wife Lipi Begum from their Sheikhpara residence in the evening for interrogation, said police while Ismail was picked up from Lamakaji Mirergaon area under Jalalabad police station in the early hours.
Meanwhile, the SMP has formed a formed a five-member probe committee with ADC Rahmat Ullah as its head to look into the murder.
The other members of the probe panel are DB officer Nizam Uddin, SMP assistant commissioner (Jalalabad Zone) SM Quamrul Islam, officer-in-charge of Jalalabad Police Station Akter Hossain and its second officer M Zakir Hossain.
Besides, Rajon, the 13-year-old boy who was brutally tortured at Sundar Ali Market in Kumargaon area of the city on Wednesday, died of brain haemorrhage, said the autopsy report on Monday.
Dr Farhana Islam of Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital conducted the postmortem and found that brain haemorrhage caused his death, said officer-in-charge of Jalalabad Police Station Akter Hossain.
Rajon’s body bore 68 injury marks, said the OC quoting Dr Farhana Islam.
Earlier in the day, a local court placed Muhit Alam on a five-day remand.
Judge Farhana Yasmin of the Judicial Magistrate Court- 2 passed the order after police produced Muhit before her court seeking a seven-day remand.
Local people gave a 12-hour ultimatum to arrest the killers following a meeting of residents of 22 villages at Rajon’s house on Sunday night.
They also threatened a mass movement if the administration fails to arrest Rajon’s killers.
OC Akter Hossain also visited the meeting place at night and said police were doing everything they could to arrest the murderers.
Besides, Bangladesh Jubo Maitri Sylhet city unit formed a human chain at the Central Shaheed Minar on Monday protesting the incident.
Leaders of Jalalabad unit Bangladesh Human Rights Commission also submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner demanding immediate arrest and exemplary punishment of Rajon’s killers.
On the other hand, victim’s mother, Rubna Begum, sought the intervention of the Prime Minister for ensuring justice for her son.
“They’ve beaten my son to death. Now as I can’t get back my son, I want punishment of the killers,” she said.
Meanwhile, State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan on Monday said those involved in the brutal murder of the teenage boy would not be spared.
“The killers will be brought to book and stern actions will be taken against them,” he said while talking to reporters at his ministry office.
The junior minister said one alleged killer, who was arrested earlier in connection with the killing, has already been put on a five-day remand and another has been arrested. “The other killers will be hunted down soon,” he said.
The law enforcement agencies have been ordered to arrest the culprits and are continuing their manhunt to arrest them, he added.
The killers themselves took the video footage of the incident and uploaded it on the internet. The video clip went viral on social networking site Facebook and video-sharing site Youtube which caused an outcry.
The video showed that the killers beat the teenager on his legs with a rod asking him ridiculously whether he was happy. As the boy prayed for mercy saying he was happy, the attackers said if he was happy at one strike, then the happiness will double if he was beaten more.
The video footage of the teenage boy being brutally tortured to death has triggered an outcry across the country.
Local people caught Muhit, 26, while taking the body to another place for dumping, and handed him over to police.
Jalalabad police filed a case against four people, including Muhit, his brother Quamrul Islam, their associate Ali Haider alias Ali, 34, and guard Moyna Miah alias Boro Moyna, 45, in this connection.