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Mohibullah Murder

2 Rohingyas put on remand

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 4 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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2 Rohingyas put on remand

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Two Rohingyas arrested in connection with the murder of Rohingya leader Muhibullah were put on a three-day remand on Sunday.

They are Selim alias Lomba Selim and Shawkotullah.  Cox's Bazar Senior Judicial Magistrate Tamanna Farah passed the order when police produced them in the court on the day.

Earlier on Friday, members of Armed Police Battalion (APBn) arrested Selim alias Lomba Selim from a camp in Cox’s Bazar’s Ukhiya and handed over to police.

Another accused Shawkotullah, 23, son of Rahimullah of Kutupalong camp no-3 was arrested from Ukhiya upazila in Cox’s Bazar on Saturday.

 Meanwhile, police arrested another Rohingya suspected to be involved in the crime from Kutupalong camp on Sunday. His name is Elias, 35. With the fresh arrest, the number of the total arrestees in Mohibullah murder rose to five till Sunday.

Investigating Officer Kartik Chandra Pal said four Rohingyas suspected in Muhibullah's murder have been arrested till Saturday night.

 Police will seek remand for two of them (Selim and Shawkat) for three days. The other two Rohingyas arrested (Ziaur Rahman and Abdus Salam) are in police custody.

Police said APBN raided the Rohingya camp on Friday night and arrested Ziaur Rahman and Abdus Salam of the Lambasia refugee camp.

The two arrestees are known to be members of the Rohingya camp. They are Arsa and Al-Yakin.

Muhibullah was shot dead by gunmen as he entered the office of the Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights (ARSPH) in the D block of Lambasia Shelter on September 29 at 8:30 pm.

He was the chairman of that organization. Muhibullah's house was 30 feet away from the office. Muhibullah's younger brother Habibullah filed a murder case against the unidentified accused with Ukhia police station at 11pm the next day.

 “We are trying to arrest the perpetrators to find the motive behind the murder. Our belief is that the assailants killed him to dominate criminal activities at the Rohingya camp," said Naimul Haque, an Armed Police Battalion (APBn) commander in Cox’s Bazar.

“Mohibullah was a barrier to criminal activities as he worked for peace. We are also looking at external factors that may have motivated the murder,” he added.

The murder may also have been committed to stop Mohibullah’s efforts for repatriation, he explained.

Muhib Ullah lived with his family in a small hut at D block of Kutupalong 1 (East) camp in Ukhiya. He used a part of the house as the ARSPH office.