Residents of Ainushbagh in Dakkhinkhan of the capital did not dare speak against him even a few days ago. They kept mum even after being harassed and tortured by him and his accomplices for fear of reprisal.
However, after his arrest following the murder of a businessman named Abdur Rashid by him in broad daylight on March 24 prompted the residents to raise their voice against Aminul Islam Hannan alias Japani Hannan, a notorious criminal of the locality.The victims started to lodge complaints against him and his associates on various charges, including extortion and capturing houses.
Mohammad Shahidullah, deputy commissioner (DC) of Uttara Crime Division under Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), told the Daily Sun that at least seven victims filed cases on extortion and other charges against Japani Hannan and his cohorts after the murder incident.
It is a matter of sorrow that the victims began to raise their voice after the life of a man was lost in the hand of the criminal, he said.
Police were carrying out investigation in connection with all the cases, he said, adding that other victims have been encouraged to lodge complaints against Japani Hannan.
On March 24, Japani Hannan and Abdur Rashid with some others locked in a hot argument over sand stealing in front of Hannan’s residence at Ainushbagh.
At one stage, Japani Hannan shot Rashid, a businessman, to death.There were allegations that the businessman was shot in presence of some policemen.
Later, police raided the house of Japani Hannan and arrested him and some of his associates. Police seized three firearms from the residence.
All the firearms belong to him and two of them had licences while the other one is illegal, said police sources.
Rashid’s brother Harun-Ar-Rashid filed a case against 13 named and 6-7 unknown people with Dakkhinkhan Police Station on March 25.
Besides, Azharul Islam, sub-inspector of the police station, filed a case against Japani Hannan under the Arms Act.
Harun said they were in constant fear as five accused in the murder case were still at large.
The accused are Sabuj, Habib, Sajal, Shahadat and Dhola.
A policeman said they are in dark about the name of the illegal firearm seized from Japani Hannan’s house.
Now, the investigation officer of the case has decided to send the firearm to the laboratory of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for test.
Police came to know about the seller of the firearm, but could not arrest him.
Contacted, Inspector (Investigation) Azizul Haque Mia of Dakkhinkhan Police Station, also the IO of the murder case, told the Daily Sun that the ongoing coronavirus outbreak created obstacles for them to arrest the remaining accused. “Our drives are on to arrest them. We hope we’ll be able to arrest them soon,” he said.
About the illegal firearm seized from Japani Hannan’s house, he said: “We could not know the name of the firearm. The arm is big in size. It’s totally unknown to us.”
Asked whether it was homemade, he said they do not think so.
Sub-inspector Hafizur Rahman, investigation officer of the case filed over the seizure of the illegal firearm, told the Daily Sun that they would seek permission from the court to send it to the CID’s lab for test.
After getting the test report, it could be clear what type of firearm it is and where its origin is, he said.
In response to a query whether they could identify the seller of the firearm, Hafizur said it could not be disclosed for the sake of investigation.
Asked about the presence of policemen during the murder of the businessman, DC Shahidullah admitted the fact, saying they also found its authenticity through their internal investigation.