A Dhaka court on Monday placed Masum Mohammad Akash on a seven-day remand in a case filed for his alleged involvement in the killing of Awami League leader Jahidul Islam Tipu and college student Samia Afrin Prity.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Md. Tofazzal Hossain, passed the order after he was produced before the court.
In the remand prayer, the inspector stated that the arrestee confessed to his involvement in the murders.
On the other hand, Shahnaj Begum Moni, Akash’s defence lawyer, submitted a petition seeking bail for his client and a cancellation order of the police’s remand prayer.
"The accused had no link with the killings. He was tortured inhumanly to extract his confession, "she said.
However, the magistrate granted a seven-day remand, rejecting the bail petition of the defence lawyer.
Jahidul Islam Tipu was the former general secretary of Motijheel Thana Unit of Awami League, and Samia Afrin Prity was a student at Begum Badrunnesa Mahila College.
Prity was not the target of the killer, but she was shot dead with a stray bullet while she was passing by the crime scene.
On Sunday morning, the DB police arrested Akash from Bogura while he was trying to flee the country.
Farhana Islam Doly, the wife of Tipu, filed a murder case with Shahjahanpur Police Station on March 25.
Police interrogated some people, including some political leaders of the ruling party, sources said.
The accused, who were included in the charge sheet, are Omar Faruk, general secretary of Ward-10 Unit of Awami League, terror Musa, Saleh, and Nasir.