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Cumilla Councillor Murder

Case filed, one held

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 25 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Case filed, one held

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Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Wednesday arrested one of the prime accused in a case filed over the murder of Cumilla City Corporation councillor Syed Mohammad Sohel and his associate.

A team of RAB-11 picked up Sumon Mia, 32, No. 4 accused in the case and son of Kanu Mia of Sujanagar in Cumilla city, from Cumilla Medical College Hospital around 10:00am, said ANM Imran Khan, assistant director (Legal and Media Wing) of the RAB headquarters.

However, it was not clear how the arrestee made it to the hospital.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, while speaking at a programme in the capital, expressed the hope that the mystery behind the double murder will be unearthed in a day or two as police were working in this regard.

Around 4:30pm on Monday, a group of miscreants, wearing masks and helmets, stormed into Sohel’s office at Pathuriapara of Cumilla city and opened fire on him and his associates, leaving the councillor from ward-17 of the city corporation and seven other people injured.

The injured were taken to hospital where Sohel and his aide Haripada Saha succumbed to their injuries.

Sohel’s younger brother Mohammad Rumon filed a murder case against 11 named and 10 unnamed people with Kotwali Model Police Station early Wednesday, said its officer-in-charge Anwarul Azim.

The 10 other named accused are Shah Alam, 35, son of Janu Mia of Sujanagar,  Sabbir Hossain, 28, son of Rafiq Mia, Jisan Mia, son of Nur Ali, Rony, 32, son of Kanai Mia, Sohel alias Jail Sohel, 28, Saimon, 30, Sajon, 32, Masum, 35, Ashiqur Rahman Rocky, 32, and Alam, 35.

Rumon alleged that listed drug dealers of the area killed his brother as he took a strict stance against illegal drug dealing.

He said the drug dealers were implicated in the case.

The plaintiff claimed that Haripada had been able to recognise Shah Alam when he was firing on them. “Before his death, Haripada told us that he saw Shah Alam among others firing on them,” he said.

Meanwhile, police said Councillor Sohel and Shah Alam had long been at loggerheads.

Faruk Ahmed, superintendent of police (SP) of Cumilla district, said several teams of police were carrying out investigation into the case.

Police were collecting information and evidence, he said, expressing the hope that they will be able to arrest the killers and their masterminds soon.

Mohammad Sakib Hossain, commanding officer of RAB-11, said they were trying to arrest the killers.