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Scientist Killing

Money behind murder

Mastermind among 2 arrested

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 16 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) nabbed two alleged killers of former chief scientific officer of Bangladesh Wheat and Maize Research Institute (BWMRI) from the capital’s Gabtali area on Sunday night.

A team of RAB-2 captured the duo -- Jakir Hossain, 37, and Mohammad Saiful Islam, 26, said Commander Khandaker Al Moin, director (legal and media wing) of RAB headquarters, at a press briefing in the city on Monday.

Miscreants stabbed Anwar Shahid, 72, to death in Holy Lane of Shyamoli on the night of November 11.  Later, his younger sister Ferdous Sultana filed a murder case against unknown people at Adabar Police Station.

The officer said that the arrestees killed Anwar as he was pressuring Jakir to pay back Tk 12 lakh he lent to him (Jakir). Another reason is because Shahid refused to help the culprit get a Tk 20 lakh loan from the bank.

According to the officer, Jakir got introduced with Anwar in Dinajpur many years ago.

After retirement, the victim with the help of Jakir bought a piece of land in the district and built a house. Jakir, a rice trader, borrowed Tk 12 lakh from the former officer on different occasions.

Instead of paying him back, Jakir asked Anwar to help him take out the bank loan one year back. But the victim refused to help Jakir and asked him to repay the loan, which made him angry and led him to hatch a plot to kill the former scientific officer.

Three to four months ago, Jakir asked his labourer Saiful to kill the retired officer, but failed in the first attempt.  Later, Jakir and Saiful came to the capital from Dinajpur on November 11. Jakir contacted Anwar and asked him to come to Shyamoli.

As Anwar turned up, Jakir took him to Holy Lane on the pretext of buying some clothes for him (victim). Saiful, who was lying in wait there, stabbed him with a knife while Jakir was watching on. 

When people rushed to the victim, the mastermind of the murder Jakir fled the scene and went off to Dinajpur with Saiful.