Fugitive militant convicted of murder arrested

Staff Correspondent

26 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

A fugitive militant who was sentenced to death for a murder in Rangpur nearly three years ago has been arrested in Savar area of Dhaka.

The arrested militant is Abdur Rahman alias Chandu Mia, 25, a member of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).

A team of the Anti-Terrorism Unit (ATU) arrested Chandu from a house at Ganda on Monday night.

Mohammad Aslam Khan, superintendent of police (Media and Awareness) of the ATU, briefed reporters on the arrest of the militant on Tuesday.

A Rangpur court sentenced Chandu and six other JMB militants to death on March 18, 2018 for killing shrine khadem Rahmat Ali at Kaunia of the district on November 10, 2015.

After the murder, Chandu, son of Abul Hossain of Telipara in Pirgachha upazila of the district, went into hiding, he said.

Chandu, who was once a muezzin of a mosque, stayed at different places in the country, using various names and addresses, he added.

Aslam Khan continued that at last he began to live in Cumilla after marrying a girl there. According to the police officer, Chandu and six others took part in the killing mission. They first hacked Rahmat and then slaughtered him as he turned his parents’ graves as a shrine and held religious meeting every Thursday.

Rahmat was a devotee of Sureswar Darbar Sharif, a Muslim Dargah founded by Jan Sharif Shah Sureswari at Naria upazila in Shariatpur.

Replying to a query whether Chandu took part in other killing missions of the JMB, the ATU officer said they could not know such information from him.

What the arrestee said was he became inactive after the murder of Rahmat, but maintained a communication with JMB members.

“We’ve come to know from him that some JMB members are used to carry out activities secretly.  We will try to arrest them,” he said.

Chandu would be handed over to Kaunia Police Station to produce him before the court. Six other death-row convicts in the murder case are Masud Rana alias Mantri, Bijoy alias Mohaddesh Ali alias Dorzi, Liton Mia, Ishak Ali, Sakhawat Hossain and Sarwar Hossain. All of them are now in jail.